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Upcoming Talks

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Thursday May 23, 2024

12:00 pm Soros is No Dreyfus; The Soros Agenda to Change America & his Anti-Israel Crusade with Dr. Rachel Ehrenfeld (We co-sponsor this event)

Dr. Rachel Ehrenfeld, President of the American Center for Democracy, and an expert on terror financing, radicalism and links between organized crime and Islamist funding, will speak to her research on George Soros, global financier of radical leftist anti-Israel NGOs.
Register at https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_QsJ3GjvSQQGizmmp4gonew#/registration


Friday May 24, 2024

9:30 am Unpacking the Rise in Antisemitism with Ambassador Lipstadt and Admiral Kirby - A Critical Briefing

Learn why this concerning trend isnt just a matter of concern to the Jewish community, but a direct threat to democracy and national security. Gain insights into how the U.S. Department of State, and the U.S. government in general are addressing Jew-hatred around the world and why a comprehensive, whole-of-society approach is more critical now than ever before.Dont miss this opportunity to be informed, engaged, and empowered to stand against antisemitism. Join us for this crucial conversation on May 24th by clicking on this link: https://interactive.state.gov/Jewish-Debrief-2024/
Register at https://interactive.state.gov/Jewish-Debrief-2024/ to view


Sunday May 26, 2024

8:00 am Where Do We Go Now?

A special conference to explore the legal and cultural aspects of Haredim and the IDF draft
Register at https://herutcenter.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_lnpcf_szRUeRz3Jf9w2jsQ?goal=0_f7e8c8ffb3-1a519afb0a-341978949&mc_cid=1a519afb0a&mc_eid=724deddd7a#/registration


Tuesday May 28, 2024

9:00 am Ronnie Fraser on How the students campus protests against Israels war in Gaza relate to the BDS movement

The main battleground for the Boycott Divestments and Sanctions (BDS) movement has been on the University campuses of the western world especially in Britain and the United States. Dr Ronnie Fraser will discuss how the campus protests against Israels war in Gaza relate to the BDS movement whose main aim is the destruction of the State of Israel. His talk will place particular emphasis on the British response since October 7th.Ronnie is the Director of the Academic Friends of Israel which he founded with his wife Lola, in 2003 to campaign against the academic boycott of Israel and antisemitism on campus. Based in London, Ronnie is a retired college lecturer who in 2011 took his union, the University and College Lecturers (UCU) union, to court alleging institutional antisemitism.Ronnie and Lola are the editors of the Challenging the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) Movement 20 Years of Responding to Anti-Israel Campaigns, which was published by Routledge in 2023.
Register at https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_5YPXAD8YQUOKByg8xfy7UQ#/registration


Thursday May 30, 2024

9:00 am Behind the Screens: Breaking Free of the Echo Chamber with Messages that Resonate with Aviva Klompas

Klompas will delve into the pressing challenges that we face on social media from both data and policy perspectives. Following this, she will outline tested messaging strategies that have proven effective. Don't miss this opportunity to gain valuable knowledge and practical tools for navigating the complexities of social media today.
Register at https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_vP6oNF0uQ2-GKYsN-KgOVA#/registration


Monday Jun 03, 2024

11:00 am Israels 7 Fronts Gaza with Gregg Roman

Middle East Forum on Gaza
Register at https://open.aju.edu/event/mef-aju-present-israels-7-fronts-the-west-bank/


4:00 pm Dr. Shale Horowitz on Refuting the Ideological Assault on Israel: Why Israels Enemies Are the True Oppressors

Israels enemies use labels, slogans, and arguments claiming that Israel has no right to exist and no right to defend herself. This presentation explains why these ideological attacks are false or unreasonable, and why standard criticisms of Israel apply far more accurately to Israels enemies. We compare the methods of Israel and Hamas in the five Gaza conflicts, since Hamas conquered Gaza from the Palestinian Authority in 2007. We also discuss the common mass media criterion that uses total numbers killed to determine which side is more legitimate a criterion that, once applied consistently to all, is obviously unfair and unreasonable. It is Israels enemies that are highly imperialistic and intolerant and that routinely violate human rights and the laws of war.?Dr. Shale Horowitz is a Professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. His research has examined international and ethnic conflict; the politics of international trade and finance; and the politics of market transition and institutional change. He is the author, co-author, or co-editor of five books and over 50 academic articles. His current research interests include ethno-territorial wars and Chinese politics. He regularly visits Israel.
Register at https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_pcE8Z79eSVyAWZQyle8K8Q#/registration


Tuesday Jun 04, 2024

10:00 am If Not Zionism, Then Nothing: Henrietta Szold and Zionism in Her Own Words with Francine Klagsbrun

Even before Theodor Herzl published his treatise on Zionism, Der Judenstaat, Henrietta Szold, the founder of Hadassah, had lectured about the centrality of Zionism in Jewish thought. She believed that Judaism was a way of life, and as such, Jews needed an attachment to their homeland to complete their identity. Using her writings and ideas, this program will investigate Szolds view of Zionism. How did her approach differ from Herzl's and that of her fellow American, Louis Brandeis? What did Szold mean by, if not Zionism, then nothingthen extinction for the Jew? Did founding Hadassah, the Womens Zionist Organization of America, fulfill her Zionist dream? Join Francine Klagsbrun, author of Henrietta Szold: Hadassah and the Zionist Dream, for this insightful look at one of modern Judaisms most impactful thought-leaders.
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11:30 am THE FARHUD AND ITS LONG SHADOW WITH MICHELLE HUBERMAN

The 7 October Hamas massacre was the most recent in a long line of pogroms to afflict Middle Eastern and North African Jews in modern times. This month we commemorate the 83rd anniversary of the Farhud massacre of June 1941, which claimed the lives of at least 180 Jews in Iraq.
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Wednesday Jun 05, 2024

10:00 am Inside Israel- Series with Avi Melamed

Join intelligence analyst and current affairs expert, Avi Melamed for an in-depth look at the ongoing conflict in Israel. This is a multipart series. Each briefing will be followed by Q & A.
Register at https://us06web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_SnWYYlx3TFyNRWm_9qIohA#/registration


Sunday Jun 09, 2024

10:00 am Jewish Heritage Across the Balkans: Trieste

Journey through the enigmatic city of Trieste, a melting pot of cultures at the Slovenian-Italian border. Delve into the rich Jewish history dating back to the 14th century and visit the magnificent Synagogue and the former Jewish Quarter.
Register at https://us06web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZIufu6hqD0uH9wMLvu-oRJvc-SkG7ernZkB#/registration


10:30 am The History from the Ottoman Empire to the Horror of October 7th with Einat Wilf

Former Israeli Knesset member and foreign policy writerDr. Einat Wilf returns to Congregation Beth David, to give insighton the causes leading up to the current war.Appearing on Zoom, live from Israel, she will discuss how Jewishand Arab communities each in the land for centuries, have evolvedleading to the conflict today, and possible hope for a peacefulresolution in the near future.
Register at https://us06web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZItc-moqD4uH9OrVE0OjmLg2bnu4siKHIa5#/registration


Sunday Jul 14, 2024

10:00 am Jewish Heritage Across the Balkans: Slovenia and Serbia

Travel through time in the former Yugoslav territories, discovering the blend of Sephardic and Ashkenazi traditions. Learn about Jewish life from ancient times to the present day, including the heroic stories of Jewish Partisans during WWII.
Register at https://us06web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZIufu6hqD0uH9wMLvu-oRJvc-SkG7ernZkB#/registration


Sunday Aug 11, 2024

10:00 am Jewish Heritage Across the Balkans: Bulgaria

We conclude our Balkan journey in Bulgaria, where the majestic Sofia Synagogue and the historic town of Samokov await. Experience the architectural splendor and deep history of the Jewish community from its earliest days to the 21st century.
Register at https://us06web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZIufu6hqD0uH9wMLvu-oRJvc-SkG7ernZkB#/registration