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Central Synagogue in partnership with The Jewish Week is proud to present Writing Between Two Jewish Worlds, a conversation with Matti Friedman, Israeli journalist and author of The Aleppo Codex and Pumpkinflowers: A Soldier’s Story, a 2016 New York Times Notable Book, and Nicole Krauss, hailed by the New York Times as “one of America’s most important novelists” and the author of bestsellers Great House, The History of Love, and Man Walks Into a Room. Her new novel Forest Dark will be published in September. The conversation will be followed by a public forum and book signing. Books will be available for purchase.
How do we respond when someone takes a stand that challenges our core beliefs? How do we keep the lines of communication open when political and cultural divides continue to grow? In this three-part series, our guest speakers will help identify the causes for these expanding ideological rifts, examine how they affect the Jewish community, and offer strategies to engage in thoughtful discourse when we disagree.
Interested in taking a deeper dive? Join a CORE Group – small discussion group – for an opportunity to create connections with fellow congregants, explore what Jewish tradition has to teach us about constructive conflict, and consider suggested tools to be a productive participant in these difficult conversations. Please contact Lauren Dickel if you’d like to participate.
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This event took place on Wednesday, April 5.
Are our political opponents morally bankrupt? If not, what could they possibly be thinking? NYU Professor Jonathan Haidt, author of the NY Times bestseller The Righteous Mind: Why Good People are Divided by Politics and Religion, will explore the moral psychology of political and religious difference, how we are wired to ignore alternative perspectives, and how we can learn to escape our own “moral matrix” to better understand those with whom we disagree.
Wednesday, May 10 at 6:30pm
How serious is the growing wave of anti-Semitism in the United States, and how does it relate to racism and other forms of discrimination? Panelists Eric K. Ward (Senior Fellow at the Southern Poverty Law Center), David Harris (CEO of AJC – Global Jewish Advocacy), and Rabbi Michelle Dardashti (Associate University Chaplain for the Jewish Community at Brown) bring together their unique perspectives to discuss how the Jewish community and its allies should respond to these threats.
Tuesday, May 16 at 6:30pm
The relationship between American Muslim and Jewish communities is a complicated and delicate one. Today, two groups who’ve typically remained at arm’s length find themselves reaching out to one another for support as both increasingly become the targets of threats, violence, and exclusionary political rhetoric. Explore new paths being forged in Muslim-Jewish community building in America including the groundbreaking work of the Muslim Leadership Initiative with Dr. Yehuda Kurtzer, President of the Shalom Hartman Institute of North America, and Rabia Chaudry, creator of the acclaimed podcast Undisclosed and an alumna of the Hartman Institute’s Muslim Leadership Initiative.
$18 per person
This year marks the 50th anniversary of the Six-Day War. The Jewish Week, the Shalom Hartman Institute and the Streicker Center are proud to host a wide-ranging discussion of the lead-up, combat and aftermath that changed the face of the region and the Jewish people with two incisive commentators: renowned journalist and Shalom Hartman fellow Yossi Klein Halevi and Knesset Member and former Israeli Ambassador to the US Michael Oren.
Pre-Reception at 6:15pm: Join Rabbi Salth for wine, cheese, and socializing before the event. Spots are limited. RSVP »
$25 per person
Join JCC Manhattan and the Shalom Hartman Institute of North America for a conference marking the 50th anniversary of the Six Day War.
Director of Adult Engagement
Registration required – join anytime.