Eleven Upcoming Zoom Webinars
All times are in Pacific Standard Time
Jewish Indigeneity and The Land of Israel
March 9 at 11 am
Dr. Sheree Trotter and Dr. Saba Soomekh
Dr. Sheree Trotter is a researcher, writer, and co-director of the Indigenous Coalition for Israel and co-founder of the Holocaust and Antisemitism Foundation, Aotearoa New Zealand.
Dr. Saba Soomekh is the Associate Director at the human rights organization, American Jewish Committee-Los Angeles, and a lecturer at The Academy for Jewish Religion-CA, where she teaches Religious Studies and Middle Eastern History courses.
Antisemitism, Israel Denial, and Gender – A Critique of Certain Intersectionalities
Sunday March 27, 2022 9 am-10:30 am
Karin Stögner (University of Passau, Germany)
Karin Stögner is a Professor of Sociology at the University of Passau, Germany and has held Visiting Professorships at Goethe University Frankfurt (2018) and at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem (2017). She received both her PhD and her Habilitation from the Department of Sociology at the University of Vienna. Her research focuses on a feminist reading and further development of the Critical Theory of the Frankfurt School and on the study and critique of antisemitism, sexism, homophobia, racism and nationalism as intersecting ideologies. Her numerous publications include the edited volume Kritische Theorie und Feminismus (Suhrkamp 2022), the monograph Antisemitismus und Sexismus. Historisch-gesellschaftliche Konstellationen (Nomos 2014), and the recent articles “Antisemitism and Intersectional Feminism: Strange Alliances“(2021), “New Challenges in Feminism. Intersectionality, Critical Theory, and Antizionism” (2019) and “Walter Benjamin, Subjectivity, and Gender” (2020).
“Why Antisemitism Makes ‘Sense’: Reflections on the Psychology of the Antisemite”
Wednesday, March 30, 9 am
Rabbi David Wolpe
Named “The Most Influential Rabbi” in America by Newsweek and one of “the 50 Most Influential Jews in the World” by The Jerusalem Post, David Wolpe is the Max Webb Senior Rabbi of Sinai Temple. Rabbi Wolpe previously taught at the Jewish Theological Seminary of America in New York, the American Jewish University in Los Angeles, Hunter College, and UCLA. A weekly columnist for the New York Jewish Week and weekly Torah columnist for the Jerusalem Post, Rabbi Wolpe has been published and profiled in The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Washington Post, Time, The Atlantic and many more. Rabbi Wolpe is the author of eight books, including the national bestseller Making Loss Matter: Creating Meaning in Difficult Times. His book David, the Divided Heart (Yale University Press) was a finalist for the National Jewish Book Awards.
Registration at https://iu.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_WlZdfr_WQpOL-Ag4mj3KTQ
“What Works? Successful Interventions to Counter Antisemitism”
Wednesday, April 6, 2022, 10 am
Holly Huffnagle (American Jewish Committee)
Holly Huffnagle serves as the American Jewish Committee’s U.S. Director for Combating Antisemitism, spearheading the agency’s response to antisemitism in the United States and its efforts to better protect the Jewish community. Previously, she was the Assistant Director of AJC Los Angeles, overseeing International Relations and all projects and programs related to monitoring and combating antisemitism. Before coming to AJC, Holly served as the policy advisor to the Special Envoy to Monitor and Combat Antisemitism at the U.S. Department of State and as a researcher in the Mandel Center of Advanced Holocaust Studies at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.
Exploring Zionism and Anti-Zionism with Yossi Klein Halevi
April 6, 2022 10 am
Yossi Klein Halevi
Yossi is the author of many books including “Letters to My Palestinian Neighbor” and is a Senior Fellow at the Shalom Hartman Institute in Jerusalem and co-director of its Muslim Leadership Initiative.
“A Nation That Dwells Alone: The Demonization of Israel at the U.N.”
April 11 (Monday) at 9 am.
Hillel Neuer, Executive Director of UN Watch
International lawyer, diplomat, writer and activist, Hillel C. Neuer is the Executive Director of UN Watch, a human rights NGO in Geneva, Switzerland. An acclaimed speaker who has testified often before the United Nations and the United States Senate and House of Representatives. Mr. Neuer taught international human rights at the Geneva School of Diplomacy, and served as Vice-President of the NGO Special Committee on Human Rights in Geneva.
Since 2009, Neuer has headed a coalition of 25 human rights groups as chair of the annual Geneva Summit for Human Rights and Democracy, a renowned international gathering that provides a global platform to courageous pro-democracy dissidents from around the world who put their lives on the line to demand fundamental freedoms in oppressive regimes. Concordia University Magazine said Neuer is “helping to shape history.”
How Israel is Covered in the Media
April 13 11 am
Matti Friedman is a former Associated Press correspondent, Matti’s work as a reporter has taken him from Israel to Lebanon, Morocco, Moscow, the Caucasus, and Washington, DC. He has been a regular essayist for the New York Times opinion section, and his writing has appeared in the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, Tablet Magazine, and elsewhere.
He has also written a number of books including Spies of No Country, the story of Israel’s first intelligence agents in 1948 that received the 2018 Natan Book Award, and Pumpkinflowers: A Soldier’s Story of a Forgotten War which was chosen as a New York Times Notable Book and as one of Amazon’s 10 best books of the year.
Life in Israel Today – Three Perspectives
Sunday, April 24th at 11:00 AM PST
Life in Israel Today—Three perspectives from a Jewish Israeli, an Arab Israeli, and a Christian Israeli
Please join us on Sunday, April 24th at 11:00 AM PST to learn first-hand from three young Israelis what life is like in Israel today. Our speakers will be talking about what life is like for them living in Israel. One Israeli is Jewish, one is an Arab Muslim, and one is a Lebanese Christian.
Click here for more info on the speakers.
Register at https://www.etzchayim.org/form/life-israel-today.html
Nazi’s Granddaughter: The Search for the Truth
Sunday April 24, 2022 4:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Writer and journalist Sylvia Foti will give a presentation on her experience researching her grandfather, General Jonas Norieka. Said to be a hero in the Lithuanian fight against the Soviets, her grandfather has been commemorated in statues and plaques in the old country. Streets have been named in his honor. But as Sylvia began to gather the research, she discovered the truth: Her grandfather had actually been a Nazi; Norieka had been the official who had given the order to round up Lithuania’s Jews to ghettos during 1940’s.
In her presentation, Sylvia will relate her efforts to find out the truth. She will explore the question of how her grandfather’s Nazi past could be kept secret for 78 years, what motivations there were for keeping a secret of that magnitude, what extremes were resorted to in covering up the truth, and whose responsibility is it to come forward.
To connect online: https://us06web.zoom.us/j/89919824086?pwd=b21BbHRhOUVwNVFZemgyMDlGVW1DUT09
To connect by phone, call (669) 900-6833
Meeting ID: 899 1982 4086
Unpacking Israel and International Law
April 27 11:00 am
Prof. Eugene Kontorovich.
Professor of Law Eugene Kontorovich is one of the world’s preeminent experts on universal jurisdiction and maritime piracy, as well as international law and the Israel-Arab conflict. He is also the Director of Scalia Law School’s Center for the Middle East and International Law.
Fighting Over the Image: The ‘Image War’ as a Front in the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict
Monday, May 9, 7:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Dr. Moran Yarchi
In today’s conflicted reality, the question is not only whose army wins, but also whose story wins – or in other words which side is perceived as the just side. Wars today are no longer taking place only on the battlefield; alongside the military confrontation there is an image war occurring, in which each side tries to present its ideas, values and action as justified in order to receive international support. Dr. Moran Yarchi, head of Diplomacy program at Reichman University, Hertzliya, Israel, will give a presentation on the reality in which the image front plays a crucial role, focusing on recent events in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
To connect online:https://us06web.zoom.us/j/88353320632?pwd=NDlmbUxVK3FHS1U1anoyTGJKLzhCUT09
To connect by phone, call (669) 900-6833
Meeting ID: 883 5332 0632