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Although fewer American Jews today describe themselves as religious, they overwhelmingly report a strong sense of belonging to the Jewish people. Indeed, Jewish peoplehood has eclipsed religion—as well as ethnicity and nationality—as the essence of what binds Jews around the globe to one another. In this exciting book launch event, Prof. Noam Pianko will highlight the current significance and future relevance of “peoplehood” by tracing the rise, transformation, and return of this novel term.

Find out more about Prof. Pianko’s book Jewish Peoplehood: An American Innovation!

Light Kosher reception to follow book reading.
Professor Noam PiankoProf. Noam Pianko is the Samuel N. Stroum Chair of Jewish Studies and Associate Professor in the Jackson School of International Studies. Pianko also directs the Samuel and Althea Stroum Center for Jewish Studies and serves as the Herbert and Lucy Pruzan Professor of Jewish Studies. He received his Ph.D. in Religious Studies/Judaic Studies from Yale University in 2004 and joined the Jackson School faculty as an Assistant Professor in the fall of that year. Prof. Pianko’s research interests include modern Jewish history, Zionism, and American Judaism.