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Upcoming Talks

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Dec 03 2023 9:00 am Dave Rich (Community Security Trust) "Everyday Hate: How Antisemitism is Built into our World, and How We Can Change it"

Dr. Dave Rich is one of the United Kingdomís leading experts on antisemitism. He has worked for almost thirty years for the Community Security Trust, a Jewish charity that protects the UK Jewish community and writes about antisemitism and extremism for a range of national and international media. Dave is a research fellow at the London Centre for the Study of Contemporary Antisemitism and is on the editorial board of the Journal of Contemporary Antisemitism. Everyday Hate is Daveís second book, following The Leftís Jewish Problem: Jeremy Corbyn, Israel, and Antisemitism.
Register at https://iu.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_ThlNXD1vSAiPPdO4kJcjow#/registration


Dec 03 2023 10:00 am Avi Melamed - Israel at War Day 55

I'd like to clarify the format and goal. Each briefing builds on the one before. Therefore, if you miss one, I encourage you to watch the previous sessions. I also encourage you to send any questions you may have. I'll do my best to address them in upcoming briefings.
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Dec 03 2023 11:00 am 103 Hostages are home, whatís next? Dennis Ross and Mijal Bitton

Dr. Mijal Bitton, Spiritual Leader of Downtown Minyan joins Dennis Ross, chief negotiator for the Clinton Administration and Middle East policy expert. We will discuss the complex geopolitical landscape of Israel at war, suggest possible next steps to bring the remaining hostages home, and consider the role of American Jews, and the effects of war on the larger Jewish community. We will close with a call to action from Omer Lubaton Granot.
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Dec 04 2023 11:00 am The Struggle for Zionism and Western Civilization with Rabbi Ammi Hirsch

Webinar Highlights: Discussion on the recent surge in antisemitism, including anti-Israel activity Insights into the importance of addressing Jew-hatred and anti-Zionism within both liberal and conservative circles Exploration of how anti-Israel messaging affects liberal Jews and its impact on progressive values Analysis of the ramifications of Israelís war with Hamas for Israel, world Jewry, and Western civilization
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Dec 04 2023 7:00 pm Presentation by John Rothmann: An Analysis of Current Events in Israel

Join us for the online presentation by John Rothmann: Current Events in Israel and the Mid-East, December 4, 2023 at 7:00 PM.
Register at https://bethemek.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZMuc-CsrTMuEtbQCVMg6TjkFI8H7u9ekaT8#/registration


Dec 05 2023 4:00 pm History Behind the Headlines: Israel, Hamas, and the Current War with Professor Howard Lupovitch Part 1

With so much misinformation swirling around us, it is more important than ever to understand the complexities of Israel from its inception until now. Join us for this special limited series of three sessions that provides a brief but comprehensive Israel education for learners of all backgrounds. In the first session, we will consider the long history Jews have had in the land of Israel as well as the 19th and 20th Zionist philosophies that formed the ethos of the modern State of Israel. Next, we will examine the Israel-Palestinian Conflict and its origins, complexities, and attempted solutions. Finally we will focus on the emergence of Hamas as a mainstay of Palestinian leadership and authority and how its charters speak about Israel, Jews, and Palestinian national aspirations through a radical Islamic framework. Professor Howard Lupovitch, professor of history at Wayne State University and author of Meltonís acclaimed course The Star and the Crescent, will provide us with a deep understanding of Israelís history that can help us to better understand this critical moment for Israel and Jews around the world.
Register at https://events.org/events/calendarcourse?tid=ecbe1be1-e53e-41f0-9992-3e27d65e21cd


Dec 06 2023 9:30 am The Digital Frontline: The Israel-Hamas War on Social Media

hear firsthand from Hebrew University communication, media, and journalism experts about how the Israel-Hamas war is being waged online and across social media in Israel and around the world.
Register at https://us06web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_4rIC-7djSJ25zsUBSlXjTA#/registration


Dec 06 2023 4:59 pm What phone-based childhood has done to our children, and how parents and schools can partner to protect them with Jonathan Haidt

CHILDHOOD IS BEING REWIRED : Gen Z is the first generation in history to go through puberty with portals in their pockets that are calling them away from the people nearby and into an alternative universe that is exciting, addictive, and unstable. How do we navigate this new technological landscape?
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Dec 07 2023 9:00 am The Concept of ďProportionalityĒ in International Law and the Laws of Armed Conflict with Natasha Hausdorff

As the days of the ceasefire between Israel and Hamas might be coming to a close, some serious questions will be asked about the IDF by many critics of the state of Israel. First and foremost: Is this a just and moral war? What does the concept of ďproportionalityĒ mean during armed conflict? What is the first obligation of any government? Is the IDF behaving morally, ethically, and legally according to the standards set forth under international law? Here to answer these questions is Natasha Hausdorff, Director of UK Lawyers for Israel. UK Lawyers for Israel uses the law against attempts to undermine, attack, and de-legitimatize the state of Israel, Israeli organizations, Israelis, and supporters of Israel.
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Dec 07 2023 10:00 am The Media and the Oct 7th War with Lahav Harkov

Lahav Harkov is the Senior Political Correspondant for the Jewish Insider, covering Israelís domestic and international politics. She was previously a Contributing Editor at The Jerusalem Post and the Postís Diplomatic Correspondent covering the Knesset for over eight years.
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Dec 07 2023 10:00 am Beyond the Headlines: Israel at War - A Community Briefing with Shira Efron

Israel Policy Forum Senior Director of Policy Research, Dr. Shira Efron will draw on her expertise to take us beyond the headlines to better understand what's happening in Israel and Gaza, its effect on U.S.-Israel relations, and what lies ahead for Israel's future as a secure, Jewish, and democratic state.
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Dec 10 2023 9:00 am Corinne Blackmer (Southern Connecticut State) "Queer Anti-Zionism: Antisemitism in LGBTQ Communities Then and Now"

Corinne Blackmer is professor of Judaic Studies and English and director of Judaic Studies at Southern Connecticut State University. She has published a large array of articles on diverse subjects, from pinkwashing, contemporary Israeli literature, and the Hebrew Bible, to Jewish womenís modernism, Jewish ethics, and Jewish womenís graphic novels. She has co-edited with Andrew Pessin a volume on antisemitism, Poisoning the Wells: Antisemitism in Contemporary America, and recently authored (Wayne University Press), Queering Anti-Zionism: Academic Freedom, LGBTQ Intellectuals, and Israel/Palestine Campus Activism, which was a finalist in the National Jewish Books Award. She lives with her wife and family in New Haven Connecticut.
Register at https://iu.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_JfW-_v16RtCwneRZlxqIxw#/registration


Dec 12 2023 4:00 pm History Behind the Headlines: Israel, Hamas, and the Current War with Professor Howard Lupovitch Part 2

With so much misinformation swirling around us, it is more important than ever to understand the complexities of Israel from its inception until now. Join us for this special limited series of three sessions that provides a brief but comprehensive Israel education for learners of all backgrounds. In the first session, we will consider the long history Jews have had in the land of Israel as well as the 19th and 20th Zionist philosophies that formed the ethos of the modern State of Israel. Next, we will examine the Israel-Palestinian Conflict and its origins, complexities, and attempted solutions. Finally we will focus on the emergence of Hamas as a mainstay of Palestinian leadership and authority and how its charters speak about Israel, Jews, and Palestinian national aspirations through a radical Islamic framework. Professor Howard Lupovitch, professor of history at Wayne State University and author of Meltonís acclaimed course The Star and the Crescent, will provide us with a deep understanding of Israelís history that can help us to better understand this critical moment for Israel and Jews around the world.
Register at https://events.org/events/calendarcourse?tid=ecbe1be1-e53e-41f0-9992-3e27d65e21cd


Dec 18 2023 4:30 pm DIVERSITY IN ISRAELI SOCIETY IN LIGHT OF THE OCTOBER 7 MASSACRE with Amit Schejter

Diversity in Israeli society and the social challenges it creates is multidimensional - with political, economic, national, ethnic, gender, and religious identities all playing a role. The massacre of October 7 and the ensuing war in Gaza have strained internal relations in Israeli society among these groups; relations that present both promise and peril for its future. Amit Schejter, professor of communication studies at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, whose research focuses on diverse and marginalized populations in Israel, will discuss the makeup of Israeli society before the current war with Gaza and the role that diversity plays in Israeli society now and portends for the future.
Register at https://habermaninstituteforjewishstudies.app.neoncrm.com/np/clients/habermaninstituteforjewishstudies/eventRegistration.jsp?event=3431


Dec 19 2023 4:00 pm History Behind the Headlines: Israel, Hamas, and the Current War with Professor Howard Lupovitch Part 3

With so much misinformation swirling around us, it is more important than ever to understand the complexities of Israel from its inception until now. Join us for this special limited series of three sessions that provides a brief but comprehensive Israel education for learners of all backgrounds. In the first session, we will consider the long history Jews have had in the land of Israel as well as the 19th and 20th Zionist philosophies that formed the ethos of the modern State of Israel. Next, we will examine the Israel-Palestinian Conflict and its origins, complexities, and attempted solutions. Finally we will focus on the emergence of Hamas as a mainstay of Palestinian leadership and authority and how its charters speak about Israel, Jews, and Palestinian national aspirations through a radical Islamic framework. Professor Howard Lupovitch, professor of history at Wayne State University and author of Meltonís acclaimed course The Star and the Crescent, will provide us with a deep understanding of Israelís history that can help us to better understand this critical moment for Israel and Jews around the world.
Register at https://events.org/events/calendarcourse?tid=ecbe1be1-e53e-41f0-9992-3e27d65e21cd


Dec 29 2023 1:12 pm Israel at War! with Amb. Yoram Ettinger

After the sadistic, savage Hamas attacks of October 7th, Israel has had little option but to respond with force against Hamas-controlled Gaza. Is the war that Israel is engaged in against Hamas simply another Israel-Palestinian war, or are there wider implications for all of us, in the West? To what degree is Iran involved in this war? How intent is Iran to stay out of this war, and to what degree are the Iranian proxies, including Hezbollah in Lebanon and Syria and the Houthis in Yemen, willing to get involved in this war? There are approximately 40,000 US troops, right now in the Middle East, to what degree are they at risk? What are the prospects of this becoming a wider war? Here to answer this and more is Ambassador Yoram Ettinger. About the Speaker: Ambassador (ret.) Yoram Ettinger is an insider on US-Israel relations, Mideast politics and overseas investments in Israelís high tech. He is a member of the American-Israel Demographic Research Group (AIDRG), which has documented dramatic flaws behind demographic fatalism on one hand and a Jewish demographic momentum on the other hand. He is a consultant to members of Israelís Cabinet and Knesset, and regularly briefs US legislators and their staff on Israelís contribution to vital US interests, on the root causes of international terrorism and on other issues of bilateral concern. Ambassador (ret.) Yoram Ettingerís OpEds have been published in Israel and in the US, and he has been interviewed on Israelís and USí TV and radio. He was a speaker at AIPAC Annual Conference. Ambassador (ret.) Yoram Ettinger Ė who did his graduate studies at UCLA and undergraduate at UTEP Ė served as Minister for Congressional Affairs at Israelís Embassy in Washington (with a rank of an ambassador), Israelís Consul General in Houston and Director of Israelís Government Press Office. He is the editor of Straight From The Jerusalem Cloakroom and Boardroom newsletters on issues of national security and overseas investments in Israelís high-tech.
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Jan 14 2024 9:00 am Richard Landes (Boston University) "Jewish Anti-Zionism and Masochistic Messianism"

Richard Landes was trained as a medievalist at Princeton University (MA 1979, PhD 1984). His work focused on apocalyptic beliefs and millennial movements (Heaven on Earth, 2011), initially around the year 1000 (Peace of God, 1986; Relics, Apocalypse and the Deceits of History, 1996; Apocalyptic Year 1000, 2003). He developed the concept of ďdemotic religiosity,Ē an orientation that prizes 1) equality before the law, 2) dignity of manual labor, 3) access to sacred texts for all believers, and 4) moral integrity over social honor. But he increasingly focused on contemporary movements (Paranoid Apocalypse,2006), especially Global Jihad. He made a series of documentaries in 2005/6 titled ďAccording to Palestinian SourcesÖ,Ē which document the extensive staging of footage (Pallywood), the staging of the Al Durah footage (Making of an Icon), and the impact of that fake broadcast as ďnewsĒ by Western news media (Icon of Hatred). In 2015, he retired from Boston University where he was a Professor in the History Department and lives with his wife in Jerusalem. He is currently completing a book titled Theyíre so Smart cause Weíre so Stupid: A Medievalistís Guide to the 21st When he completes this book, he plans to return to his medieval work (While God Tarried: Disappointed Millennialism from Jesus to the Peace of God, 33-1033).
Register at https://iu.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_QEx4VVgUS7-G_xIQXB9yMw#/registration


Jan 21 2024 9:00 am Jacob Kovalio (Carleton University) "The Global Phenomenon of Conspiratorial Antisemitism"

Jacob Kovalio is a researcher in Japanese, Chinese, Asian, and global history, nationalism, antisemitism, and Jihadism. Through the Transnistria compulsory work camp, Romania. and Israel, he reached Canada in 1986. He holds BA degrees in History and Development Economics from the University of Tel-Aviv and MA in Chinese History and PhD in Japanese History, both from the University of Pittsburgh. He has taught and given lectures at the University of Tel-Aviv, the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, the University of Victoria [Canada], and in Japan, China, and Korea. Since 1987, he has been teaching Japanese/Chinese/Asian History at Carleton University in Ottawa. In 2021 the Government of Japan awarded him the Order of the Rising Sun Gold Rays with Rosette for his contributions to Japanese scholarship and Canadian-Japanese relations. Among his publications are The Russian Protocols of Zion in Japan: Yudayaka/íJewish Perilí Propaganda and Debates in the 1920s,Ē (2009), Japan in Focus (1994), ed. ďArnold J. Toynbee and Japan,Ē (in Japan in Focus) ďAntisemitism and racism in JapanĒ online democracy.Ē Dr. Kovalio has spent six years in Japan; he is fluent in Japanese, Hebrew, Romanian, Russian and other languages.
Register at https://iu.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_s7Y8XAejTneBZbkCfsoRhQ#/registration


Feb 18 2024 9:30 am FranÁoise Ouzan (Tel Aviv University) "Being a GI Jew in World War II: Coping with Hostile Attitudes in the American Military"

FranÁoise S. Ouzan is Senior Research Associate at the Goldstein-Goren Diaspora Research Center of Tel Aviv University. She is the author or editor of 11 books, including, most recently, How Young Holocaust Survivors Rebuilt Their Lives (2018) and True to My God and Country: How Jewish Americans Fought in World War II (2024), both published by Indiana University Press, Studies in Antisemitism. She lives with her family in Jerusalem.
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