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Amram Scholar Series

This dynamic program of public lectures brings world-renowned authors, scholars, political leaders, policy experts, and theologians to WHC to share their perspectives on timely issues or their research into Jewish culture and history.

We are pleased to present prominent writers of the nation's newest works on topics of Jewish interest, often in cooperation with the Jewish Book Council.

Deborah E. Lipstadt

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Date: Wednesday, October 23
Time: 7:00 pm
Location: Washington Hebrew Congregation
Cost: Free and open to the community  

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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.

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Dr. Lipstadt's October lecture is also the kickoff to this year's Congregational Conversations series. Please click here to learn more about the monthly discussions about Dr. Lipstadt's book, Deborah E. Lipstadt, author of Antisemitism: Here and Now. that will take place in November, December, and January.

David Harris

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Facing Challenges: The State of American and World Jewry

Date: Sunday, October 27
Time: 10:30 am
Location: Washington Hebrew Congregation
Cost: Free and open to the community 

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The American Jewish community is confronting fundamental questions about the responsibilities and difficulties of being Jewish in today’s world. Join us for a conversation with AJC CEO David Harris to hear his unique perspective on the widespread increase of antisemitism, the relationship between the American Jewish community and the pro-BDS movement taking hold in some quarters of the Democratic Party, and the way that, on both sides of the aisle, support for Israel is being used as a divisive political cudgel.

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Previous Years

Re-watch and re-experience the dynamic lectures from previous years of the Amram Scholar Series.

2018-2019 Lectures  
2018-2019 Lectures
2017-2018 Lectures  
2017-2018 Lectures
2016-2017 Lectures  
2016-2017 Lectures
2015-2016 Lectures  
2015-2016 Lectures