The following web talks are coming up this week. See the full list of upcoming web talks and recordings of prior ones at http://israelUpdate.INFO

Nazi’s Granddaughter: The Search for the Truth

Sunday April 24, 2022 4:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Sylvia Foti

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.

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Why America Is Tipping from Hate to the Unthinkableand How We Can Stop It

Monday, April 25, 2022, 5 pm

Jonathan Greenblatt,  CEO of ADL, and Dr. Shuly Rubin Schwartz, chancellor of The Jewish Theological Seminary

Join us for this urgent conversation with Greenblatt, who will speak to Dr. Shuly Rubin Schwartz, chancellor of The Jewish Theological Seminary and a Jewish historian who has studied and taught both antisemitism’s long history and Jewish responses to it. Greenblatt, drawing on ADL’s decades of experience in fighting hate through investigative research, education programs, and legislative victories as well as his own personal story and his background in business and government, will offer strategies on how we as individuals, as organizations, and as a society can strike back against hate. 

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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.


Remembering and Dismembering the Holocaust:  Implications for Today

April 27, 2 pm

Prof. Alvin H. Rosenfeld

“Dismembering” is a term that Primo Levi used to describe the various ways in which the facts of the Holocaust get denied, distorted, erased. Throughout our annual Yom HaShoah lecture, Professor Alvin H. Rosenfeld will refer to Levi’s strong stand against such abuse and argue for the imperatives of retaining and transmitting an accurate and truthful record of the past. Its opposite (“dismembering”) and the harm it causes will be exhibited through citing numerous examples of assaults on historical truth, including, most recently, Putin’s goals of “denazifying” Ukraine. The weaponization of Holocaust memory will be shown to tie in to prominent aspects of today’s antisemitism.

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Introducing Palestinian Apartheid Week

Thursday, April 28 11 am

Ilan Sinelnikov

Ilan Sinelnikov, President of SSI will discuss the thinking, planning and actualizing behind the concept of Palestinian Apartheid Week, introduced in 2022 to American university campuses. How is truth responded to by students? How is this contrasted with Israel Apartheid Week and can it effectively counter the lies?

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HaTikvah: The Hope and its Discontents

Sunday, May 1st at 10:30 AM

Professor Edwin Seroussi

In this presentation, we will embark on a journey in time from the source, to the creation, to the contested reception of the modern Hebrew song HaTikvah. Once the anthem of the Zionist movement and, now the national anthem of the State of Israel, our journey will reveal the early Zionist movement’s creative drive and haphazard experimental character history, and the difficulties inherent in choosing a symbol for a modern nation-state.

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