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Jewish historical expert to speak at UNT

Jewish historical expert to speak at UNT

Jewish historical expert to speak at UNT
October 23
08:31 2013

Michelle Tendai Bushe / Intern Writer

The UNT Jewish Studies Program will present a free public talk on the Yom Kippur War by Dr. Yoav Gelber at 4 p.m. today in the Eagle Student Services Center on campus.

The public talk titled, “The War that Nearly Destroyed Israel? A Soldier’s and Historian’s Account of the Yom Kippur War,” will show how historical studies navigate between two versions of the war.

Gelber was an officer in the Israeli Defense Forces during the Yom Kippur War. He will discuss his own experiences and what things were like in the military during that time. In addition, he will give a historical analysis on both the Arab and Israeli narratives of the war, as history has proved them different.

The war, also known as the 1973 Arab-Israeli War, began with a surprise attack on Israel by Arab forces on Yom Kippur, the holiest day in Judaism. Richard Golden, director of the Jewish Studies Program, said the Prime Minister called it the cruelest war.

The war affected the Soviet Union and the United States as they supported the Arabs and Israelis respectively, he said.

Golden said the Jewish Studies Program is delighted to host Gelber, the author of 18 books, because of his expertise in the field. According to his Curriculum Vitae, Gelber was formerly a history professor at the University of Haifa in Israel and is currently the head of the Nevzlin Center for Jewish Peoplehood, Interdisciplinary Center in Herzliya Israel.

 Professor Yoav Gelber speaks to students on Wednesday afternoon in the Eagle Student Services Center. Professor Gelber is head of the Nevzlin center for the Jewish people hood, interdisciplinary center in Herzliya Israel. Photo by Annette Arroyo / Contributing Photographer

Professor Yoav Gelber speaks to students on Wednesday afternoon in the Eagle Student Services Center. Professor Gelber is head of the Nevzlin center for the Jewish people hood, interdisciplinary center in Herzliya Israel. Photo by Annette Arroyo / Contributing Photographer

According to the UNT Jewish Studies website, the program aims to educate students, faculty and the DFW community about Judaism and the history of Jewish people.

“It’s exciting having a guest speaker from Israel,” said Nanette Behning, Jewish Studies Program Administrative Coordinator. “I think it’s important for people to take the opportunity to learn more about other countries and their history.”

The UNT Jewish Studies Program is the only one at a public university in the Dallas Ft. Worth area.

The program has approximately 15 students minoring in Jewish Studies and between 500 to 600 students that take Jewish studies courses across seven of UNT’s colleges. UNT has a larger Jewish demographic than all other DFW universities.

University of Haifa history professor Yoav Gelber from Israel spoke at UNT about a solider and historian’s account of the Yom Kippur war on Wednesday in the Eagle Student Services Center. Feature photo by Annette Arroyo / Contributing Photographer

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