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Jewish Life in an Era of Extremism

Sun, January 24, 2016 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm


Confronting vexing issues with candid, far-ranging discussions. Presented in partnership with Lehrhaus Judaica.

 Photograph from French Consulate in SF


 Photograph from French Consulate in SF







 


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Jewish Life in an Era of Extremism

Many people have the impression that the world is filled with new threats to Jewish life. These threats are most visible in France and the Middle East, and less so elsewhere. Still, this mounting antagonism intersects with anti-Zionism and has increasingly taken on features reminiscent of old-style political anti-Semitism. And the resonance of militant Islam, felt not only in the Middle East but also in Europe and beyond, has added another unsettling dimension to this picture. According to some, the landscape will likely worsen. 

Special Presentation by Joby Warrick, Pulitzer Prize winning author of Black Flags: The Rise of ISIS

Some questions we'll address: 

  • What are the causes of the upsurge in anti-Semitism? 
  • What is the relationship between anti-Zionism and anti-Semitism in Europe, the Middle East, and in the United States? 
  • How concerned should we be with extremism in the Jewish world, and in particular in Israel and the West Bank? 
  • Does Jewish extremism have an impact on how we, as Jews, are seen and on the future stability of the Jewish State? 
  • How potent are voices of moderation and to what extent have they been marginalized? 

PROGRAM FACILITATORS

Prof. Fred Astren
Rachel Eryn Kalish
Rabbi Peretz Wolf-Prusan

COST: FREE, REGISTRATION REQUIRED.  

TO REGISTER: CLICK HERE  


SYMPOSIUM SCHEDULE
 

1:00 PM WELCOME 

  • Rabbi Peretz Wolf-Prusan, Lehrhaus 

KEYNOTE PRESENTERS AND TOPICS 

  • Abigail Michelson Porth, JCRC: Bay Area 
  • Gunda Trepp: Germany 
  • Fred Rosenbaum, Lehrhaus: France 
  • Eran Kaplan, SFSU: Israeli Extremism 

2:30 PM BREAKOUT SESSIONS WITH PRESENTERS 

3:45 PM PANEL DISCUSSION WITH PRESENTERS 

  • Rachel Eryn Kalish, Moderator 

4:30 PM CLOSING RECEPTION  


ABOUT KEYNOTE PRESENTERS AND TOPICS 

Abby Porth, JCRC: Bay Area 
Abby Porth is Associate Executive Director of the Jewish Community Relations Council. She is a public affairs veteran, managing complex and sensitive community relations issues and developing and executing effective organization-wide strategies to advance JCRC’s mission of pursuing a just society and a secure Jewish future.   

Gunda Trepp Germany 
Gunda Trepp of San Francisco is a German-born attorney, author and journalist who writes for several German newspapers. An audiobook, in German, based on her recorded talks with her late husband, Rabbi Leo Trepp, was published in June 2014. 

Fred Rosenbaum, Lehrhaus: France 
Fred Rosenbaum, founding director of Lehrhaus Judaica, has written four books on Bay Area Jewish history and three books on the Holocaust. He has taught numerous courses on the history of contemporary Israel at Lehrhaus and the University of San Francisco. He has been awarded the S.Y. Agnon Gold Medal for Intellectual Excellence by the Scopus Society of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, the Covenant Award for Exceptional Jewish Educators, as well as the Anne and Robert Cowan Writers’ Award for making an exceptional impact on the Bay Area by writing on Jewish themes. 

Fred Astren, SFSU: Islamic States 
Fred Astren, Professor and Chair of the Department of Jewish Studies at San Francisco State University and member of the Faculty in Middle East and Islamic Studies, received his Ph.D. in Near Eastern Studies at UC Berkeley, where he also earned a master’s degree in Arabic. His areas of research include minority/sectarian history in the Mediterranean Middle Ages, with special focus on Jewish history under Islam, Islamization, Jewish-Muslim relations, and the Karaite Jewish sect. Having recently published a study on Jews in the early medieval Muslim conquests of the Near East and Spain, he is currently writing a book on Jews in the Mediterranean of the early Middle Ages. 

Eran Kaplan, SFSU: Israeli Extremism 
Eran Kaplan is the Rhoda and Richard Goldman Chair in Israel Studies at SFSU. He is the author of The Jewish Radical Right: Revisionist Zionism and its Ideological Legacy andThe Origins Of Israel: A Documentary History with Derek Penslar.  You can look forward to his next book Beyond Post-Zionism, scheduled to appear in 2015 with SUNY Press. In addition to his scholarly publications, he contributed articles to Haaretz and Tikkun. At SFSU, Professor Kaplan teaches courses on Modern Israel, the Arab-Israeli Conflict, Israeli Cinema, Modern Hebrew Culture and the History of Jerusalem. 

SUPPORTERS

Eda and Joseph Pell, Ingrid D. Tauber
Philanthropic Fund of the JCF, and Koret Foundation

 

CO-SPONSORS

Congregations Kol Shofar and Rodef Sholom, and Brandeis Marin