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Webinar: New Jerusalem, Down Under: The Search for a Jewish Homeland in Australia

Sunday, 31 January @ 2:00 pm - 3:15 pm

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Please join the Hobart Hebrew Congregation for a fascinating presentation about the historical efforts to make parts of Australia a Jewish homeland.

New Jerusalem, Down Under: The Search for a Jewish Homeland in Australia

Critchley Parker's grave in remote Southwest Tasmania

Critchley Parker’s grave in remote Southwest Tasmania (State Library of Tasmania)

In his talk, Adam Rovner (Director, Center for Judaic Studies & Associate Professor of English and Jewish Literature, University of Denver, Colorado, USA) details the cultural context and legacy of proposals to create mass settlements of Jewish refugees in Australia before, during, and after the Nazi era.

Archives located on four continents reveal how poets, playwrights, journalists, civil servants,  humanitarians, and social revolutionaries all worked to imagine the Jewish colonization of portions of Australia. This little known chapter of intellectual history stems from a long tradition of Jewish Territorialism, a political ideology that merged literature with nationalist projects. For much of the 20th century, the question was not whether there should be a Jewish political entity, but where to put it. The story of abortive efforts to settle Jews in the Kimberley region and in southwestern Tasmania is the story of plans to find a territorial solution to centuries of Jewish homelessness.

Adam Rovner

Adam Rovner

Dr. Adam Rovner, Director, Center for Judaic Studies & Associate Professor of English and Jewish Literature, University of Denver has thoroughly researched attempts to establish a Jewish homeland across the globe, as reflected in the book In the Shadow of Zion: Promised Lands Before Israel and the documentary No Land Without Heaven: Isaac Nachman Steinberg & The Freeland League.

This event will be hosted on Zoom. In order to attend you must complete the registration form below. A link to the webinar will be provided before the event.

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Sunday, 31 January
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2:00 pm - 3:15 pm
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