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Saturday, February 16 • 7:45pm - 9:00pm
Peoplehood in Crisis: What Do Jews in Israel and the U.S. Owe One Another?

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Recent events in Israel, and ensuing mixed responses by North American Jewish leaders, have raised the question of whether there remains any Jewish consensus on major political issues. In the absence of such a consensus, a polarizing communal conversation has emerged. In this session we will ask: what are the core values that might govern a conversation between Jews in North America and Israel? What do Jews around the world 'owe' each other? Does a time of crisis change things? And how can we create a more ethical communal conversation?

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Steven Bayme

Steven Bayme serves as Director of Contemporary Jewish Life Department at AJC and its Koppelman Institute on American Jewish-Israeli Relations.  He served as a visiting professor of History at the Jewish Theological Seminary. His publications include Understanding Jewish History: Texts and Commentary, on the Jewish historical experience, and Jewish Arguments and Counter-Arguments, on contemporary Jewish life. His most recent volume is... Read More →
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Jane Eisner

Jane Eisner is Editor-in-Chief of the Forward, the authoritative news source for the American Jewish community for over a century. Under her leadership, the Forward has won numerous journalism awards and her work has been honored by the Society of Professional Journalists. Previously, she worked at the Philadelphia Inquirer for 25 years.  She has taught at Wesleyan University and the University of Pennsylvania. She authored Taking... Read More →
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Gidi Grinstein

Gidi Grinstein is the founder and president of the Reut Institute, whose mission is to impact Israel and the Jewish world, making an indelibly Jewish, Israeli contribution. He is writing a book titled Flexigidity: On the Secret and Mechanisms of Jewish Survival, Security, Prosperity and Leadership in the Diaspora and Israel. A graduate of Tel-Aviv University Schools of Law & Economics, he was a Wexner Israel Fellow at Harvard’s... Read More →
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Yehuda Kurtzer

Yehuda Kurtzer is President of the Shalom Hartman Institute of North America. The author of Shuva: The Future of the Jewish Past and a fellow in the Institute’s iEngage Project, Yehuda writes and teaches widely on the central challenges facing Jewish life in both America and Israel, and how new Jewish thinking can help us stand up to these challenges. He lives in Riverdale with his wife, Stephanie Ives, and their three children.
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Deborah Lipstadt

Emory University
Deborah E. Lipstadt is Dorot Professor of Modern Jewish and Holocaust Studies at Emory University. Her latest book, The Eichmann Trial, was published in conjunction with the 50th anniversary of the trial’s start. Her 2006 book, History on Trial: My Day in Court with a Holocaust Denier, the story of her libel trial against David Irving, is currently being developed into a movie. At Emory, she directs Holocaust Denial on Trial, a website... Read More →

Saturday February 16, 2013 7:45pm - 9:00pm
Trenton & Monroe concourse level