American Jews and Israel: From Consensus to Conflict

A Lecture by Dov Waxman of Northeastern University

Sunday, April 30 at 4:00 P.M.

Falmouth Jewish Congregation's Blanche & Joel D. Seifer Community Center, Speen Hall

A Book Sale/Signing and Reception Follow

Open to the public and free of charge


Book sales provided by Eight Cousins Bookstore. Ample free and accessible parking is available. No reservations required.

Don’t miss this special, public lecture on a significant and timely topic in American Jewish life by Dov Waxman, Professor of Political Science, International Affairs, and Israel Studies, and the Stotsky Professor of Jewish Historical and Cultural Studies at Northeastern University. Waxman will talk about his new book Trouble in the Tribe: The American Jewish Conflict Over Israel (Princeton University Press, 2016), in which he explores the increasingly contentious place of Israel in the American Jewish community. Waxman argues that while most American Jews still feel connected to Israel and still care about Israel, they are becoming more critical about, and more politically divided over Israeli policies, especially concerning the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. As a result, Israel is becoming a source of disunity for American Jewry, and a new era of American Jewish conflict over Israel is replacing the old era of solidarity.  Waxman will discuss how this conflict over Israel has developed, and place it in the context of broader changes happening in the American Jewish community.


Professor Waxman, in addition to his positions at Northeastern University, is also the co-director of the university’s Middle East Center.  An expert on Israel, his research focuses on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, Israeli foreign policy, U.S.-Israel relations, and American Jewry’s relationship with Israel. He received his Ph.D. and M.A. from Johns Hopkins University and his B.A. from Oxford University. He has previously taught at the City University of New York, Bowdoin College, and the Middle East Technical University in Ankara, Turkey; and he has been a visiting fellow at Tel Aviv University, Bar-Ilan University, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and Oxford University. He has also worked as a researcher at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) in Washington D.C.  He is the author of three books: The Pursuit of Peace and the Crisis of Israeli Identity: Defending / Defining the Nation (Palgrave, 2006), Israel’s Palestinians: The Conflict Within (with Ilan Peleg, Cambridge University Press, 2011), and Trouble in the Tribe: The American Jewish Conflict over Israel (Princeton University Press, 2016). He is a frequent commentator in print, on radio, and on television, and he has lectured widely in the United States and abroad.