Rhona Seidelman is the Schusterman Chair of Israel Studies and a professor of History at the University of Oklahoma. Her research is on the history of immigration, medicine/public health and Israel. Professor Seidelman’s book Under Quarantine: Immigrants and Disease at Israel’s Gate was published with Rutgers University Press in 2020. It tells the story of Shaar Ha’aliya, Israel’s “Ellis Island”, focusing on the conflicts surrounding the camp’s medical quarantine of Israel’s new immigrants. Dr. Seidelman’s articles on health and immigration have been published in Jewish Social Studies, The American Journal of Public Health and Ha’aretz. Her new project ‘Claiming My Egypt’ explores questions of identity among the children of Egypt’s Jewish diaspora.
Language and Trust in a Perilous Time: Translating COVID-19 Public Health Information into Yiddish in Hasidic Communities