[Marxism] Panel Discussion: Bundism's Influence Today

Alan Ginsberg ginsberg.alan1 at gmail.com
Fri Aug 23 09:27:04 MDT 2019

Monday Sep 16, 2019 7:00pm
YIVO Institute
15 West 16th Street, NYC
(free, w/ rsvp)

Today we are witnessing a revival of the ideas of the Jewish Labor Bund, an
organization which had been a powerful force in Russian and Polish Jewish
communities during the first half of the 20th century. The Bund focused on
doikayt (“hereness”), libertarian socialism, and support for secular Jewish
culture and the Yiddish language. The activity of those with this new
interest, sometimes called "neo-Bundism," alongside those with unbroken
links to prewar Bundists, has lead to a new visibility of interest in
Bundist ideas in both political and cultural circles. And because Bundism
offers an alternate historical vision of Jewish identity to Zionism, this
development is sometimes a controversial one.
This panel, made up of activists and cultural workers ranging in age from
their 20s to their 80s, will discuss what they see in Bundist ideas, and
how it affects their current political and cultural practices. Jack Jacobs,
a historian of the Bund, will introduce the evening with a brief overview
of the history of the Bund and its major political tenets and then will
moderate a discussion with Molly Crabapple, Irena Klepfisz, Jenny Romaine,
and Jacob Plitman, looking at how Bundist ideas are influencing the Jewish
community today.


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