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Miriam Dalin

Miriam Dalin

Miriam Dalin

American & Jewish History Lecturer

American Jewish, Zionism, Sephardic Studies

Available for in-person lectures in:
South Florida

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Miriam Sanua Dalin grew up in Brooklyn, New York, and attended James Madison High School, (as did Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Bernie Sanders, and Chuck Schumer in earlier generations) and lived in Manhattan for several years before moving to Florida to take a position at Florida Atlantic University in the Department of History and the Jewish Studies Program, where she specializes in American Jewish history and the history of Israel. She attended Princeton University as an undergraduate and received her doctorate from Columbia University, and she also did graduate work at the Jewish Theological Seminary in New York and the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. She also studied Yiddish language and literature at New York’s YIVO Institute through its renowned summer immersion program. She has published widely, including three books and numerous articles including most recently an article about Jews and the 2016 Presidential election that was published in the American Jewish Year Book. She has been a scholar-in-residence and lecturer at numerous venues over the years in the New York and Boca Raton areas, including synagogues, Temples, community centers and residential communities. She served as the Academic Adviser on the Jewish community oral history project of the Boca Raton Historical Society and hopes to create an exhibition and book on the history of the Jews of Boca Raton.

Lectures include:

The ‘Choosing People’: How American Jews Vote and Why it Matters

American Jews are barely 2 percent of the U.S. population, but they have always had an outsized impact on American politics, and their dedication to the Democratic Party is legendary. Find out why and if this is likely to change in the future.

The Jews of Boca Raton

In the 1920s, Boca Raton was known for being restricted against Jewish residents. Today, it is one of the most densely populated and vibrant Jewish communities in the world. Hear the fascinating story of why and how this happened.

Understanding the Israeli Political and Electoral System

Have you ever tried to understand Israeli elections and politics and given up in frustration? Find out how the Israeli political system works and why it is so different from that of the United States.

New Jewish Communities

The majority of American Jews are descended from Eastern European immigrants who came between 1880 and 1920, but since U.S. immigration law was liberalized in 1965 the community has been enlarged and enriched by Jewish immigrants from many countries – the former Soviet Union, Israel, Latin America, Europe, and South Africa to the point that they and their children now make up a significant proportion of the American Jewish community. Find out where they have settled and the influence they’ve had among both Jews and the United States in general.

The History of Islam and Muslim-Jewish Relations: From the Time of Muhummad to the Present Day

Many people believe that enmity between Arabs/Muslims and Jews/Israelis goes back only to the birth of Zionism in the 19th century and the creation of the State of Israel. But these roots of enmity go back thousands of years to the very dawn of Islam in 622 CE. When the Prophet Muhummad was creating Islam, he at first tried to get Jewish tribes in Arabia to join him, but they spurned him and he fought, conquered and expelled them. There are many negative statements about Jews in the Quran itself and in the collected sayings of Muhummad. For centuries Jews were tolerated in Muslim society only under the status of "Dhimmi," which made them second-class citizens. It was only with the coming of European influence and colonization, especially by the French and the British, that Jews were given equal rights, which of course enraged Muslims. Modern Radical Islamist extremism is a product of the incursion of ancient hatreds combined with modern movements and politics. Come to this lecture to find out the roots of the antisemitism and antizionism of groups such as Hamas, Hezbollah, and Al Quaeda.

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