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Upcoming Talks

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Sep 21 2023 10:00 am A Paradoxical Powerhouse: The Rise of Haredi Feminism in Israel with Tanya Zion-Waldoks

This talk examines the emergence of a revolutionary and novel feminist movement within Israelís Haredi (Ultra-Orthodox) community; a highly conservative, illiberal, and relatively insular religious community committed to upholding ancient traditions and strict gender roles. In recent decades, haredi society in Israel has been shaped by profound political, economic, and social changes. Gender relations are a central site of contention and transformation, affecting haredi society and its interactions with Israel writ large. Feminist haredi activists, invested in championing women's rights while remaining within a collectivist conformist society and conservative tradition, push for the reimagination of individual lives, communal structures, and Israeli society.
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Sep 21 2023 11:00 am Palestinian Arab Betrayal of the Oslo Accords with Dr. Mordechai Kedar, Richard Kemp, and Hugh Kitson (We co-sponsor this event)

This episode, narrated by Col. Richard Kemp, features some great legal and history experts and politicians and will uncover the failure of the Oslo Accords, which the PA never meant to adhere to. The result, as we all know, has been constant and increasing antisemitic attacks on Jews. We are now experiencing the 3rd intifada even if not so named (yet).
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Sep 22 2023 10:00 am The Price of Standing Up to Hamas in Gaza with Rami Aman

Rami Aman organized a ďSkype with Your Enemy,Ē call between 200 Gazans and Israelis in 2020. For this, Hamas arrested him along with two others, charged him with ďweakening revolutionary spirit,Ē tortured him, and imprisoned him for eight months. It only released him on condition he divorce his wife. But Aman has not given up and argues that Hamas is increasingly unpopular in Gaza. What was his experience in a Hamas prison? How are Gazans pushing back? What effect does his work have? Trained as an engineer, working as a freelance journalist, Rami Aman founded the Gaza Youth Committee in 2010 and is a leader of the Consortium of Independent Palestinians, an opposition party in Gaza. He has organized several Skype calls between Gazans and Israelis. He lives in Cairo.
Register at https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85095952122?pwd=K1ZyVkovdDh2R3lrQVJxWEV2RG1OQT09 Visit to Join


Sep 26 2023 8:00 am Virtual Tour: Jewish City Tour Recife (requires BZD membership)

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Register at https://bzdisrael.networkforgood.com/projects/186854-baltimore-zionist-district-general-giving


Sep 28 2023 10:00 am Know Your Parental Legal Rights in K-12 with Lori Lowenthal Marcus


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Oct 01 2023 10:00 am How Soviet-style Antisemitism Resonates in America Today with Izabella Tabarovsky

Izabella Tabarovsky is a Senior Advisor at the Kennan Institute (Wilson Center), a research fellow at the Institute for the Study of Global Antisemitism & Policy (ISGAP), a founding fellow of the London Centre for the Study of Contemporary Antisemitism (LCSCA), and a contributing writer at Tablet. Her research and writing focus on Soviet antizionism and contemporary left antisemitism, Soviet Jewry, Holocaust in the USSR, and Stalin's repressions. Her latest paper, ďDemonization Blueprints: Soviet Conspiracist Antizionism in Contemporary Left-Wing Discourse,Ē appeared in the Journal of Contemporary Antisemitism in the summer of 2022. Her book on late-Soviet antizionist campaigns will be published by Routledge as part of an LCSCA series on contemporary antisemitism.
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Oct 15 2023 9:00 am John Pawlikowski (CTU) "Removing the Shadow on the Cross: Rooting Out Antisemitism from Christian Teaching"

John is a member of the Order of Friar Servants of Mary (Servites) and was ordained at the University of St. Mary of the Lake. One of the founding faculty members of the Catholic Theological Union (CTU), he served on the faculty from 1968 until his retirement in 2017. For nearly fifty years, John has been an active participant in the Christian-Jewish Dialogue as well as the wider interreligious dialogue. He served for six years as President of the International Council of Christians and Jews and has served several terms on the board of the Parliament of the Worldís Religions. He was deeply involved in the development of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C., having served four terms on its board by presidential appointment. On the social ethics front John has worked with the Office of Justice & Peace at the National Conference of Catholic Bishops on its Energy Statement and its Pastoral Letter of the Economy. He has been a participant in three United Nations international conferences on world peace, on alternative energy, and on human trafficking. He was a member of the U.S. governmental team that negotiated the termination of the United Nations Trusteeship for Micronesia. In 2014 the Catholic Theological Society of America conferred on John its annual John Courtney Murray Award. He was awarded fellowships by Cambridge University (UK), The Catholic University of Leuven (Belgium), and the Graduate Theological Union (Berkeley, CA) and awarded Honorary Doctorates by Hebrew Union College, Dominican University, and the Catholic University of Australia.
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Oct 17 2023 8:00 am Fighting Extremism from Within with Rabbi Ammiel Hirsch


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Oct 17 2023 4:00 pm What We Miss When We Misunderstand Antisemitism with Bret Stephens, Roya Hakakian and Rabbi Elliot Cosgrove

Taking a closer look at contemporary antisemitism, SAPIR Editor-in-Chief Bret Stephens and contributor Roya Hakakian examine the many misconceptions about this unique hatred. What distinguishes antisemitism from racism and ethnic bigotry? What does anti-Zionism look like through the eyes of someone forced to flee Iran? Is Holocaust education the solution to this oldest hatred, and if not, what is? Stephens and Hakakian challenge us to widen our lens of what it means to defend Zionism, to fight for peace and democracy, and to counteract Jewish hatred through Jewish thriving.
Register at https://www.tfaforms.com/5080145


Oct 22 2023 9:00 am Christopher Leighton (ICJS) "Contending with Christian Supersessionism: When Best Intentions Falter"

Christopher Leighton is the Founding Director of the Institute for Islamic, Christian, Jewish Studies (ICJS) in Baltimore, Maryland. In addition to his thirty-three years of inter-religious leadership at the ICJS, he has served as an Adjunct Professor at Johns Hopkins University and St. Maryís Seminary and University. He has published numerous articles and edited Bill Moyerís resource guide Talking about Genesis (Doubleday 1996) as well as Irreconcilable Differences (Routledge 2001). His latest work, A Sacred Argument: Dispatches from the Christian, Jewish, Muslim Encounter, is forthcoming. He has lectured and conducted seminars in cities around the country. He is a graduate of the Princeton Theological Seminary (M.Div.) and is an ordained Presbyterian minister. He has studied extensively at the Baltimore Hebrew University, Yad Vashem, the Jewish Theological Seminary, and Columbia University-Teachers College, where he earned his doctorate in Philosophy and Education. Since his retirement, Chris lives with his wife Betsy and their two dogs in New Harbor, Maine.
Register at https://iu.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_6vzRk606QBS2nUZxdUnXiA#/registration


Oct 24 2023 4:00 pm The Land of Hope and Fear - Israelís Battle for Its Inner Soul

Journalist and author Isabel Kershner examines the ways in which the country has both exceeded and fallen short of its foundersí ideals and expectations in dialogue with Rabbi Zuckerman. At a critical juncture in Israelís history, explore the wide-ranging portrait of the many faces of Israelis today, the many ways they are deeply divided on matters of politics, social issues, and ideology, and how these divisions are redefining what it means to be an Israeli. Through extensive interviews of Israelis across the spectrum, journalist and author Isabel Kershner examines the ways in which, 75 years after its founding, the country has both exceeded and fallen short of the ideals and expectations of its founders, and ultimately, at its core, what holds Israel together and the forces that threaten its future.
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Oct 24 2023 4:00 pm The Land of Hope and Fear Israelís Battle for Its Inner Soul with Isabel Kershner and Rabbi Zuckerman

At a critical juncture in Israelís history, explore the wide-ranging portrait of the many faces of Israelis today, the many ways they are deeply divided on matters of politics, social issues, and ideology, and how these divisions are redefining what it means to be an Israeli. Through extensive interviews of Israelis across the spectrum, journalist and author Isabel Kershner examines the ways in which, 75 years after its founding, the country has both exceeded and fallen short of the ideals and expectations of its founders, and ultimately, at its core, what holds Israel together and the forces that threaten its future. This event is presented in partnership with the Natan Fund and the Jewish Book Council Isabel Kershner is the author of The Land of Hope and Fear: Israelís Battle for Its Inner Soul, winner of the Spring 2023 Natan Notable Books Award at Jewish Book Council. She is also a correspondent for The New York Times in Jerusalem, covering both Israeli and Palestinian politics and society. Previously, she was a senior editor at The Jerusalem Report.
Register at https://www.tfaforms.com/5080153


Oct 29 2023 9:00 am Yehudit Barsky (ISGAP) "Islamic Antisemitism in the United States: Recent Developments"

Yehudit Barsky is a Middle East specialist who researches the nexus between Islamist movements and antisemitism. Her research interests encompass radicalization methodologies in antisemitic extremist movements, and the intersection between recruitment systems of jihadist, white supremacist, and other extremist movements. She is a research fellow at the Institute for the Study of Global Antisemitism and Policy and is the author of Islamist Antisemitism in the United States (INSS, 2023) and Terrorist Incidents and Attacks Against Jews and Israelis in the US: 1969-2016 (CSS, 2016).
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Oct 31 2023 10:00 am Exposing and Countering Anti-Israel Propaganda in K-12 Schools with Steven Stotsky and Jany Finkielsztein


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Nov 06 2023 9:00 am Ellie Cohanim (IWF) "Is Antisemitism an Integral Part of the Islamic Republic of Iran's DNA?"

Ellie Cohanim is a Senior Fellow with Independent Women's Forum (IWF), is host of "Global Perspectives with Ellie Cohanim" for Jewish News Syndicate (JNS),and is a National Security Contributor to Christian Broadcasting Network (CBN). Ellie Cohanim served as U.S. Deputy Special Envoy to Monitor and Combat Anti-Semitism at the U.S. Department of State by appointment of the President of the United States and the US Secretary of State. She is an expert on Iran, Israel, the Middle East, the Abraham Accords, and US foreign policy. Ms. Cohanim was the State Departmentís first Iranian-born Envoy and led diplomatic initiatives which resulted in forging groundbreaking partnerships in the Arab world to combat antisemitism, anti-Zionism, and Islamophobia. Ms. Cohanim also persuaded the first-ever Muslim faith group to adopt the IHRA working definition of antisemitism, all as part of the Abraham Accords efforts. As Deputy Envoy, Ms. Cohanim was the lead official for the State Department in creating and implementing policy on countering antisemitism in the Near East and Western Hemisphere regions. She also worked closely with Jewish communities in Venezuela, Chile, Argentina, and Colombia in confronting local issues of antisemitism.
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Nov 09 2023 10:00 am How Students can Fight Back against Campus Anti-Zionism with Hali Spiegel


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Nov 12 2023 9:00 am Izabella Tabarovsky (Wilson Center) "Soviet Antizionism and Contemporary Left Antisemitism"

Izabella Tabarovsky is a Senior Advisor at the Kennan Institute (Wilson Center), a research fellow at the Institute for the Study of Global Antisemitism & Policy (ISGAP), a founding fellow of the London Centre for the Study of Contemporary Antisemitism (LCSCA), and a contributing writer at Tablet. Her research and writing focus on Soviet antizionism and contemporary left antisemitism, Soviet Jewry, Holocaust in the USSR, and Stalin's repressions. Her paper, ďDemonization Blueprints: Soviet Conspiracist Antizionism in Contemporary Left-Wing Discourse,Ē appeared in the Journal of Contemporary Antisemitism in the summer of 2022. Her book on late-Soviet antizionist campaigns will be published by Routledge as part of an LCSCA series on contemporary antisemitism.
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Nov 21 2023 10:00 am The Ripple Effect of Ivy League Anti-Zionism with Ricki Holllander and David Litman


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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.
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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.
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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).
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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.
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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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