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Dr. Sa'ed Atshan is Assistant Professor of Peace and Conflict Studies at Swarthmore College.He previously served as Postdoctoral Fellow in International Studies at Brown University and he earned a PhD in Anthropology and Middle Eastern Studies from Harvard University. Atshan is also a LGBTQ Palestinian Quaker human rights activist.
His forthcoming book, Paradoxes of Humanitarianism: The Social Life of Aid in the Palestinian Territories, is under contract with Stanford University Press in their Anthropology of Policy Series. Atshan examines the politics of international aid provision in the West Bank and Gaza Strip. He has published two other books.
- Queer Palestine and the Empire of Critique (Stanford University Press, 2020) traces the rise of the LGBTQ movement in Palestine and how it has then become a transnational queer movement in solidarity with Palestinians. Atshan also accounts for the transformation of the critique of empire into what he calls an "empire of critique."
- The Moral Triangle: Germans, Israelis, Palestinians (Duke University Press, 2020) is co-authored with German-Israeli scholar Katharina Galor (Judaic Studies, Brown University). Atshan and Galor explore the Israeli and Palestinian diaspora communities in Berlin. Their book elucidates questions of moral responsibility and the relationship between Germans, Israelis, and Palestinians in the contemporary context.
Articles for Further Reading:
- ATSHAN & RAMBERG: Why campus rabbi, Palestinian professor are co-hosting conference on anti-Semitism
- EMPATHY & EXPLORATION: This journey to the Holy Land offers immersive lessons in understanding conflict
The core of CBST's religious life is our weekly Kabbalat Shabbat service. Service leadership is shared among congregants, Senior Rabbi Sharon Kleinbaum, Assistant Rabbi Yael Rapport, and our Cooperberg-Rittmaster Rabbinical interns, and Cantorial intern. Music Director and pianist, Joyce Rosenzweig directs the CBST Community Chorus on a regular basis. CBST's own prayer book, "With All Your Heart" incorporates Hebrew prayers, English readings, and both traditional and modern songs. A drash is delivered each week by one of the Rabbis, an intern, a member of the congregation, or on occasion by a special guest. When we are back in our Home at West 30th Street, we will once again enjoy gathering for the Oneg (delight) that follows each service providing an opportunity to meet new people and connect with long-standing friends over delicious desserts. Services are livestreamed HERE. All are always welcome to CBST services, always without charge.