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Kickoff Lecture: Deborah E. Lipstadt


This year's Congregational Conversations series will kick off on Wednesday, October 23 at 7:00 pm at Temple with a lecture by Deborah E. Lipstadt, author of Antisemitism: Here and Now.

In her new book, the award-winning author gives us a penetrating and provocative analysis of the hate that will not die, focusing on its current, virulent incarnations on both the political right and left: from white supremacist demonstrators in Charlottesville, Virginia, to mainstream enablers of antisemitism such as Donald Trump and Jeremy Corbyn, to a gay pride march in Chicago that expelled a group of women for carrying a Star of David banner.

Over the last decade, there has been a noticeable uptick in antisemitic rhetoric and incidents by left-wing groups targeting Jewish students and Jewish organizations on American college campuses. And the reemergence of the white nationalist movement in America, complete with Nazi slogans and imagery, has been reminiscent of the horrific fascist displays of the 1930s. Throughout Europe, Jews have been attacked by terrorists, and some have been murdered.

Where is all this hatred coming from? Is there any significant difference between left-wing and right-wing antisemitism? What role has the anti-Zionist movement played? And what can be done to combat the latest manifestations of an ancient hatred? In a series of letters to an imagined college student and imagined colleague, both of whom are perplexed by this resurgence, acclaimed historian Deborah Lipstadt gives us her own superbly reasoned, brilliantly argued, and certain to be controversial responses to these troubling questions.

Please click here to RSVP for the opening lecture on October 23.

Dr. Lipstadt's October lecture is presented in partnership with the Amram Scholar Series.


Congregational Conversations Monthly Discussions


After Dr. Lipstadt's lecture…

Continue the Conversation

Join us throughout the fall and winter for monthly discussions of Dr. Lipstadt's book, Antisemitism: Here and Now.

November Discussions:
Sunday, November 17
10:30 am at Temple

Friday, November 22*
Following WHC's Shabbat service at Temple

December Discussions:
Sunday, December 8
10:30 am at Temple

Friday, December 13*
Following WHC's Shabbat service at JBSC

January Discussions:
Friday, January 24*
Following WHC's Shabbat service at Temple

Sunday, January 26
10:30 am at Temple

Please check back soon for RSVP information for these monthly discussions.

Our 2019-2020 Congregational Conversations series will conclude with a final Siyyum with Dr. Lipstadt on Wednesday, February 12 at 7:00 pm at Temple.

Please check back soon for RSVP information for this final lecture.

*Our Friday Evening conversations will take place following WHC's Shabbat service. The cost for each Friday session is $18 for WHC members; $25 for non-members.
There is no charge for the opening lecture, the Sunday discussion sessions, or the closing siyyum on February 12.

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