February 10, 12 pm PST: "California Reds: Young Jewish Communists in the 1930's," with Caroline Luce

Luce will focus her presentation on a cohort of young Jewish activists raised in the Yiddish-speaking immigrant milieu of Los Angeles who came of age in the Young Communist League in the 1920s and 1930s, including Dorothy Ray Healey (Dorothy Rosenblum), Ben Dobbs (Ben Isgur), and others who became prominent leaders of the California Communist Party by the 1940s. Placing emphasis on their earliest years in the YCL as teenagers, she will explore how they negotiated the place of Jews and Jewishness within the radical movement and without as a means of revealing a long and oft-overlooked history of Jewish racialization and resistance in interwar California.

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Also be on the lookout for other upcoming events in the New Directions in Jewish Studies 2021 Lecture Series!

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