About David Shneer

David Shneer is director of the Center for Judaic Studies and Associate Professor of History at the University of Denver. His most recent book New Jews: The End of the Jewish Diaspora (New York University, 2005) questions whether Jews around the world still see themselves living “in diaspora.” His previous books include Yiddish and the Creation of Soviet Jewish Culture (Cambridge, 2004) and Queer Jews (Routledge 2002). He is currently working on a book on Soviet Jewish photographers and World War II.

“Your Hate for Everything I am Brings Darkness to My World”

By January 25, 2007

Dear Mahmoud (if I may), I thought of you recently. I was at my cousin’s house for a Hanukkah celebration (you know, the Jewish holiday celebrating freedom and liberation from oppression, a topic I know is important to you) in … Read More

Day 4 (Shneer): Is Zionism Still Relevant to the American Jew?

Day 4 (Shneer): Is Zionism Still Relevant to the American Jew?
By December 4, 2006

From: David Shneer To: Stefan Kanfer Subject: Pests and bugs? Dear Stefan, I’ve packed the hair gel and water bottles in my checked luggage. But thanks for the advice. You haven’t responded to most of my first letter which lays … Read More

Day 3 (Shneer): Is Zionism Still Relevant to the American Jew?

By December 1, 2006

From: David Shneer To: Stefan Kanfer Subject: Israel may be important; Zionism is not Stefan, I write you from Ben Gurion airport in Tel Aviv, drinking coffee and watching the sunrise. There is little I disagree with in your most … Read More

Day 2 (Shneer): Is Zionism Still Relevant to the American Jew?

Day 2 (Shneer): Is Zionism Still Relevant to the American Jew?
By November 30, 2006

From: David Shneer To: Stefan Kanfer Subject: 100 Years-Old and Aging Fast… Dear Stefan: I had trouble with your letter to me, but I suppose that's the point of this dialogue. Let’s start with your opening, which has nothing to … Read More

Day 1 (David Shneer): Is Zionism Still Relevant to the American Jew?

By November 29, 2006

As we prepared to launch Jewcy, a slew of well-respected journalists, editors, and even Jewish educators offered us the same advice: your demographic does not want to read about Israel. They don’t care. They’re not interested. What’s so compelling, after … Read More