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Antisemitism: Here and Now – A Conversation Series

April 30, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Due to inclement weather, the April 11 session will be combined with tonight’s session and will begin at 6:00 pm!


How do you feel antisemitism has impacted your life?  Do you have the tools to unpack the mulititude of ways this ancient hatred manifests itself today?

This three-part series will break down Professor Deborah Lipstadt’s latest book Antisemitism: Here and Now, and offer an opportunity to learn from each other’s experiences with antisemitism- and what we can do about it.

Co-sponsored by Community Learning @ The Well and JCRC


Session 1: Thursday, April 11 | 7:00 – 8:30 PM
Chapters 1-3 (Antisemitism: A Conversation; A Taxonomy of the Antisemite; and Contextualizing Antisemitism)

Why has antisemitism persisted, and even thrived, through present times? How should we define antisemitism? How do we put antisemitism into a context that’s helpful for us in overcoming it?

Facilitated by Sally Abrams, JCRC Speakers Bureau Co-Director


Session 2: Tuesday, April 30 | 7:00 – 8:30 PM
Chapters 4 & 5 (“Yes, But” Rationalizing Evil; Holocaust Denial: From Hard-Core to Soft-Core)

Looking at specific examples from recent history, particularly in Europe and the Islamic world, what do certain responses to antisemitism and other bigotries reveal about these phenomena? Why is fighting Holocaust denial worth our time and energy? What is “genocide inversion” and how does it manifest itself around issues related to today’s Jews in Israel and the Diaspora? How should we respond to attempts to “de-Judaize” the Holocaust?

Facilitated by George Dalbo, Ph.D. Candidate, University of Minnesota Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies


Session 3: Wednesday, May 22 | 7:00 – 8:30 PM
Chapters 6 & 7 (The Campus and Beyond; Oy Versus Joy: Rejecting Victimhood)

What is the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement? What are its aims and what tactics does it use on college campuses and elsewhere? What are the ramifications of those tactics for North American college students? How should progressives navigate the tension between their Jewish and political identities? How can we avoid the myopia of only seeing antisemitism on the “other” side of the political spectrum?

Facilitated by Sami Rahamim and Emma Dunn. Sami is Public Affairs and Communications Associate at the JCRC and Emma (MPP, ’19) is a student leader and progressive activist at the University of Minnesota.


April 30, 2019
6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
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Beth El Synagogue
5225 Barry Street West
Saint Louis Park, MN 55416 United States


Beth El Synagogue (Organizer)