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The Experience of Diaspora

by Public Service Associate Beth

On Monday, August 16 at 12 pm, in partnership with the Clio Society of The Ohio State University and Bexley Public Library, Professor Ori Yehudai will present Leaving Zion: Jewish Emigration from Palestine and Israel after WWII. While most scholarship surrounding the creation of the nation of Israel is from the perspective of Jewish immigration into Israel, Professor Yehudai flips the narrative and focuses on Jewish migration out of Israel and Palestine. He will discuss why, for various reasons, Jewish migrants decided to leave Israel for other countries between the years of 1945 and the late 1950s.  

Register for Professor Yehudai’s presentation here. The virtual event will be recorded, so even if you can’t attend the event live, you will receive a link to the recording about a week later. Professor Yehudai’s book Leaving Zion is also available to reserve at Bexley Public Library. 

And check out the booklist below for related readings. A collection of memoir, poetry and fiction, these books center on the experience of diaspora, exploring issues of identity, belonging and living as the “other”.   

  • Alien Stories by E. C. Osondu | print / digital
  • China Room by Sunjeev Sahota | print / digital
  • Untold: Defining Moments of the Uprooted edited by Gabrielle Deonath and Kamini Ramdeen | print
  • We Two Alone: Stories by Jack Wang | print
  • Nuestra America: My Family in the Vertigo of Translation by Claudio Lomnitz | print
  • My Shadow is My Skin: Voices from the Iranian Diaspora edited by Katherine Whitney and Leila Emery | print
  • A Nail the Evening Hangs On by Monica Sok | print
  • The Runaways by Fatima Bhutto | print