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Conversations on Antisemitism

Online Speaker Series

October 7 & 28, and November 18, 2021, at 7:30 pm

Antisemitic rhetoric and violence has escalated in the United States and shows no signs of slowing down. In response,  community a series of speakers and conversations to gain a greater understanding of this complicated hatred and develop tools to respond as individuals and a community. 

Antisemitism 101 – Origins and Evolution, Tropes and Triggers

October 7, 7:30 pm

Professor Larry Sternberg, Former faculty member, Brandeis University

A review of the origins of the treatment of Jews in a Gentile world, including the roles of religion, nationalism, and racial theories in promoting the hatred of Jews and the propagation of myths demonizing them. We will conclude with a discussion of the differences and similarities of the Jewish experience in America to the experiences of Jews across the globe.

Larry Sternberg is a research and planning consultant, educator, and mentor. For more than 20 years, he taught courses in Jewish advocacy, community planning, and leadership as a member of the faculty of Brandeis' Hornstein Program in Jewish Professional Leadership; he also served as Director of Brandeis’ Perlmutter Institute for Jewish Advocacy and as the Associate Director of the Cohen Center for Modern Jewish Studies.

How Jew Hatred Manifests Today and How We Can Respond

October 28, 7:30 pm

Dr. Rachel Fish, Founding Exec. Director, Foundation to Combat Antisemitism

Jew hatred is not a phenomena of the past. Unfortunately, it persists today from across the political spectrum and ideological positions. Dr. Fish will share with us how antisemitism manifests today, both in real life and online, and how this particular form of hatred has entered mainstream discourse in politics, media, and social justice conversations. 

Dr. Rachel Fish is a celebrated academic with 20 years of experience in the fields of Israeli history, Zionist thought, and Middle Eastern Studies. Recognized for her teaching prowess and pedagogical approaches, Dr. Fish has published extensively and is frequently called upon to advise on community interventions to reclaim an Israel discourse that is nuanced and complex while remaining accessible to a broad audience.

How to Respond to Antisemitic Rhetoric in Social Situations

November 18, 7:30 pm

Dr. Jonah Cohen, Communications Director, Committee for Accuracy in Middle East Reporting (CAMERA)

At a time when the Jewish state is increasingly discussed and debated in social situations—over dinner, on a date, at a party—defenders of Israel need to be equipped to communicate with those who do not accept their position. Such conversations can often turn heated, uncomfortable, and sometimes even embarrassing. In his talk, Jonah Cohen will lay out a conversational strategy for gracefully maneuvering and managing difficult discussions after friends or acquaintances have made provocative statements. You’ll learn proven tactics for getting people to think about your views on Israel without upsetting the evening or losing friends.  

Jonah Cohen is the communications director for the Committee for Accuracy in Middle East Reporting and Analysis (CAMERA). He holds a PhD in philosophy and religion from the University of London. His essays have appeared in The Hill, The New Republic, The Jerusalem Post, Times of Israel, RealClearPolitics, and many other publications.

Thu, October 28 2021 22 Cheshvan 5782