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Contemporary Jewish Issues


Israel Today
Israeli Ambassador Ron Dermer in Conversation with David Harris
Sunday, August 4
Join us for a wide-ranging and timely conversation about Iran, Israel and the Arabs, and much more.

Addressing the Rise of Global Anti-Semitism
Sunday, September 8
A panel discussion about contemporary anti-Semitism. This conversation, features:

  •  David Harris, CEO, American Jewish Committee
  • Jonathan Greenblatt, CEO, Anti-Defamation League
  •  Irwin Cotler, Chairman Wallenberg Centre for Human Rights
  •  Dan Mariaschin, CEO, B’nai B’rith International

How to Fight Anti-Semitism
Sunday, October 27
New York Times columnist Bari Weiss joined by CNN’s Jake Tapper in conversation about her new book, How to Fight Anti-Semitism. Weiss discusses her deeply personal relationship to the issue; how social media and political polarization have reignited the problem in recent years; and how all Americans can fight back against hatred.

Jewish-Catholic Relations in the Francis Era: Achievements and Challenges
Sunday, December 1
A panel discussion about the transformation of Catholic-Jewish relations over the past 50 years.
This conversation features:

  •  Rabbi David Rosen, International Director of Interreligious Affairs, American Jewish Committee
  •  Cardinal Kurt Koch, President, Vatican Commission for Religious Relations with the Jews
  •  Moderator: Prof. Etienne Veto, Cardinal Bea Centre for Judaic Studies – Pontifical Gregorian University

American Jews and Israel: Can the Relationship Be Saved?
Sunday, January 5
A fascinating dialogue between

  • Daniel Gordis (the author of the new book, “We Stand Divided: The Rift Between American Jews and Israel”), and
  • Thomas Friedman (Pulitzer-winning columnist for The New York Times)

Understanding the Israeli Palestinian Conflict
Sunday, February 2
Dr. Mordechai Kedar in an eye-opening review of the claim that Israel expelled people from their historic homeland in 1948, and now allegedly illegally occupy the land that has belonged to others for thousands of years. Dr. Kedar is a scholar of Arabic literature and senior lecturer in the Department of Arabic Studies at Bar-Ilan University.

Franklin D. Roosevelt, Rabbi Stephen S. Wise, and the Holocaust
Sunday, March 1
We will watch Thane Rosenbaum in conversation with Holocaust scholar Rafael Medoff, about his book, “The Jews Should Keep Quiet: Franklin D. Roosevelt, Rabbi Stephen S. Wise, and the Holocaust.”

The Struggle for Jerusalem in International Diplomacy
Sunday, May 3
We will watch and discuss Ambassador Gold’s presentation of 3,000 years of Jewish history in Jerusalem.

The implications of Israeli sovereignty in the West Bank
Sunday, August 2
We will watch and discuss Ambassador Dore Gold, Maj. Gen. (Res.) Amos Gilead, and Brig. Gen. (Ret) Yossi Kuperwasser exploring various ramifications of such a move.

Why I’m Not Giving Up on Two States
Sunday, August 16
We will watch and discuss Rabbi Daniel Gordis, Senior Vice President of Shalem College, why he believes a two-state solution is still worth pursuing and what leads some American Jews to grow distant from Israel.


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