We are co-sponsors of several of these 18 upcoming talks. Click the Register link to sign up. Also learn more about several topics on the Jewish People and the Jewish Land by watching previously recorded  talks. To learn more or join the Israel Committee, email EliCohen@IsraelUpdate.INFO

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The Palestinian Islamic Jihad War Against Israel

August 17 9 am

Editor, columnist and analyst Alex Traiman revealed how Israel’s skilled intelligence agencies were aware Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ) was preparing fresh attacks on Israel, enabling Israel to strike preemptively. Traiman kept his finger on the pulse and reported the many misfired PIJ missiles that landed on Palestinian civilians. Please join us for a captivating and illuminating webinar featuring one of Israel’s finest analysts.

Register at https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_1vw-xKj4RHy1NwF17trNAw

Holocaust Denial in Today’s Courtrooms and What It Means for Justice and Memory

Augusts 23 12:30 pm

A few years ago Linda Kinstler discovered that a man fifty years dead – a former Nazi who belonged to the same killing unit as her grandfather – was the subject of an ongoing criminal investigation in Latvia. The proceedings threatened to pardon his crimes. They put on the line hard-won facts about the Holocaust at the precise moment that the last living survivors – the last legal witnesses – were dying.

Around the world, Second World War-era cases are winding their way through the courts. Survivors have been telling their stories for the better part of a century, and still judges ask for proof. Where do these stories end? What responsibilities attend their transmission, so many generations on? How many ghosts need to be put on trial for us to consider the crime scene of history closed?

Register at https://maven.aju.edu/events-classes/program/holocaust-denial-in-todays-courtrooms-and-what-it-means-for-justice-and-memory

The Ben & Jerry’s Saga

August 23 11 am

Last year Ben & Jerry’s, a subsidiary of Unilever, decided its ice cream should no longer be sold in the “Occupied Palestinian Territories” (East Jerusalem, Judea and Samaria), claiming this to be “inconsistent with our values”, and to terminate its longstanding Israeli licensee who could not accept this policy.  Following this decision, Unilever’s share price fell sharply, several US states divested, leading investors criticised Unilever’s Board, and legal actions ensued.

For almost a year Unilever claimed that it could not override the decision of its subsidiary’s independent Board, but then recently did just that: as part of a settlement of a case brought by Ben & Jerry’s Israel licensee, Unilever sold the Ben & Jerry’s brand in Israel to the licensee, enabling the licensee to continue distributing the ice cream in Israel and its territories. The latest twist is that Ben & Jerry’s board has now sought to block the sale in court, claiming that its parent Unilever is breaching the merger agreement between the two companies.

Professor Fried will discuss the various legal claims and issues, what may happen next, and the implications for BDS.

Register at https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_ojMLYYQSThOw86nW6hc1LQ

Israel: A Leader For Human Rights At The UN

August 23 5 pm

A conversation with Or Shaked, Adviser for Human Rights at the Israeli Mission to the UN

Register at https://www.standwithus.com/unhumanrights

Russia’s “Denazification” of Ukraine:
The Weaponization of Antisemitism in Contemporary Hybrid Conflict

August 28, 2022 9 am

Sam Sokol, author of the book Putin’s Hybrid War and the Jews: Antisemitism, Propaganda, and the Displacement of Ukrainian Jewry.

Register at https://isca.indiana.edu/conferences/webinars/Fall22/Sam-Sokol.html

International Media Bias Against Israel

August 30 11 am

Lt. Col. (res.) Jonathan Conricus. It is well documented that mainstream media are biased against Israel. How significant is this at the international level? What are its effects on National Security for Israel?

Register at https://us06web.zoom.us/webinar/register/3816599708698/WN_A8ELYzetSo69b1zs7Rlt9w

Myths and Realities about Israel’s Establishment:
Their Relevance for Discussions of Contemporary Antisemitism

September 4, 2022 9 am

Jeffrey Herf

Register at https://isca.indiana.edu/conferences/webinars/Fall22/Jeffrey-Herf.html

The Trojan “Bourse”

Thursday September 8 9am

Dan Harris, a leading specialist in the financial markets, will be talking about his new book, “The Trojan Bourse” which  analyses how the Boycott Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement seeks to influence divestment and exclusion of stocks from investment portfolios.

Harris likens this to the Greek myth of the Trojan Horse – where the Greeks besieging Troy built a wooden horse, hid soldiers inside it, and left it outside the city, as a gift.  When it was wheeled into Troy, the Greek soldiers jumped out and sacked the city.  In Harris’s analogy, the securities markets are encircled by a wall of laws and financial regulations. The votive gift is information, but the information conceals within it a political agenda, that will wreak havoc if brought inside the citadel.

Register at https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_FAUJl7WETbiV7uwZhnvYpQ

Roots of Antisemitism and Its Contemporary Resurgence

Sept 8 noon

From medieval accusations that Jews murder Christians for their blood to the modern-day conspiracy theories animating present-day political discourse, it’s clear that the belief that Jews are plotting against society never dies—it just adapts to suit the times. Join the editor and contributors of Looking for an Enemy: 8 Essays on Antisemitism and AJU’s President Dr. Jeffrey Herbst for a nuanced, global understanding of antisemitism across ages, political ideologies, and nationalities. In their essays, American rabbi Jill Jacobs explores the thorny question of antisemitism in politics, journalist Natasha Lehrer explores the culture of antisemitism in France and the forces behind it, and Jo Glanville searches for the historical roots of this dangerous hatred.

Register at https://maven.aju.edu/events-classes/program/roots-of-antisemitism-and-its-contemporary-resurgence

Does Ethnic Studies Have a Jewish Problem?

September 8 4:30 pm

Panelists with American Jewish Committee, The Deborah Project, Alliance for Constructive Ethnic Studies, and CAMERA

Ethnic Studies is becoming a mandatory subject in many US states, a requirement for graduating from high school, yet it has been shown to be antisemitic, and has led to a serious confrontation between the Jewish community and educators and politicians in California. What are the implications for the Jewish community, especially when Ethnic studies does not recognize Jews as an ethnicity?

Register at https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZUvd-qurDIiGtNgCR0zj1725dIXFWOHE2iU

“Night Without End”:
New Scholarship on the Holocaust in Poland

September 18, 2022 9 am

Jan Grabowski

Register at https://isca.indiana.edu/conferences/webinars/Fall22/Jan-Grabowski.html

Semites, Anti-Semites, and Bernard Lewis:
The Life and Afterlife of a Seminal Book

October 2, 2022 9 am

Martin Kramer

Register at https://isca.indiana.edu/conferences/webinars/Fall22/Martin-Kramer.html

“Apartheid,” and “Ethnic Cleansing”:
The Trifecta Libel Against Israel

October 16, 2022 9 am

Thane Rosenbaum “Occupation,”

Register at https://isca.indiana.edu/conferences/webinars/Fall22/Thane-Rosenbaum.html

The Wayward Healer:
Iatrogenic Antisemitism and the Perils of Intervention

October 23, 2022 9 am

Kenneth L. Marcus

Register at https://isca.indiana.edu/conferences/webinars/Fall22/Kenneth-Marcus%20.html

Making Peace with the Jews?
Contemporary Islamic Arguments for and against Normalization

October 30, 2022 9 am

Ofir Winter

Register at https://isca.indiana.edu/conferences/webinars/Fall22/Ofir-Winter.html

Pandemics, Hate Crimes and Riots:
Media Coverage of Antisemitism Since 2020

November 6. 2022 9 am

Ben Cohen

Register at https://isca.indiana.edu/conferences/webinars/Fall22/Ben-Cohen.html

The Function of Antisemitism in Queer-Feminist Discourse

November 13. 2022 9 am

Franziska Haug

Register at https://isca.indiana.edu/conferences/webinars/Fall22/Franziska-Haug.html

Judeophobia and “Islamophobia” in Today’s France:
Symbolism, Doxa, and Reality More

December 4, 2022 9 am

Yana Grinshpun

Register at https://isca.indiana.edu/conferences/webinars/Fall22/Yana-Grinshpun.html

Prior Talks organized by our Sonoma County Israel Committee

  1. Cartoons and Zionism talk by Yaakov Kirschen
  2. Understanding Zionism  Charlotte Korchak
  3. Challenges faced by non-orthodox Jewry in Israel Rabbi Andrew Sacks
  4. Antisemitism for Dummies Naya Lekht
  5. Black South African stands with Jews against antisemitism Olga Meshoe Washington
  6. Hamas’s war on Israel. Dr. Paul Liptz

Jewish Identity

  1. Karin Stögner: Antisemitism, Israel Denial, and Gender – A Critique of Certain Intersectionalities
  2. Dr. Sheree Trotter and Dr. Saba Soomekh Jewish Indigeneity and The Land of Israel
  3. Yossi Klein Halevi Exploring Zionism and Anti-Zionism .
  4. Tammi Rossman-Benjamin: Denying Jewish Self-Definition: The Latest Trend in Campus Antisemitism in America and What Can Be Done About It?
  5. Rabbi Elliot Cosgrove.The future of American Jewry.
  6. Yossi Klein Halevi, Chloe Valdary, and Blake Flayton The future of Zionism and the Jewish relationship with other communities.
  7. Rabbi Ammiel Hirsh The Inseparability of Zionism and Judaism June 13 9 am https://maimonidesfund-org.zoom.us/rec/play/CzrlkdY7dVwprT9B__up5Qkh1MyKOOPFK8kPWa85w9_dSmUC7iszW_zgT1A0BGOJtTeUDEep005Um3B1.wwtaiQlIxe8cZOsC?continueMode=true
  8. Reimagining a gap year program in Israel Natan Sharansky, Gill Troy, Bret Stephens
  9. Dreams for Living Jews.” Dara Horn and Bret Stephens
  10. The Jamaican Jewish Story Since 1656

Israel Today

  1. Bassam Eid, Palestinian Arab Human Rights Activist, on the politics inside Gaza and the Disputed Territories,
  2. Life in Israel Today – Three Perspectives Life in Israel Today—Three perspectives from a Jewish Israeli, an Arab Israeli, and a Christian Israeli Click here for Register at ^pinfo on the speakers.
  3. Matti Friedman Stoking Hate: How Israel is Covered in the Media
  4. Yossi Klein Halevi, Khaled Abu Toameh, Pastor Dumisani Washington The Israeli-Palestinian Conflict
  5. HaTikvah: The Hope and its Discontents  Professor Edwin Seroussi
  6. Understanding Hezbollah Dr. Matthew Levitt and David Daoud
  7. The Entertainment World’s Tricky Relationship with Israel
  8. Eight Tips for Reading About Israel Matti Friedman
  9. The outward narrative of conflict and the more cohesive day-to-day reality on the ground in Jerusalem Matti Friedman
  10. How Not to Think About the Conflict (audio) Matti Friedman
  11. Operation Breaking Dawn IDF Spokesman Lt. Col. (Res) Jonathan Dawn
  12. David Makovsky: Analyzing Israel’s Conflict with Palestinian Islamic Jihad

Einat Wilf

  1. The Essence of the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict and the Path to Lasting Peace
  2. Western Anti-Zionism and Arab Zionism
  3. The War of Return: Exploring UNRWA and the Right of Return
  4. The dangers of mapping our own analogies onto Israelis and Palestinians 


  1. Alyza D. Lewin   “Responses and Solutions to Jew Hatred on Campus”
  2. Aleksandra Gliszczynska-Grabias: Do Human Rights Still Apply to the Jewish People? On Weakening the Human Rights Law Protection against Antisemitism
  3. Hatred Out of Control: Solutions and Challenges, featuring Anita Bromberg, President of CAEF, Leo Adler, criminal lawyer and Julius Grey, human rights lawyer, moderated by Christine Williams,
  4. David Bedein, Director, The Center for Near East Policy Research; Dr. Arnon Groiss, Associate, The Center for Near East Policy Research; and Brooke Goldstein, Executive Director, the Lawfare Project, and Founder, End Jew Hatred. “UNRWA Incites Violence Against Jews
  5. Prof. Eugene Kontorovich. Unpacking Israel and International Law
  6. Whose Land? History and Current Situation.
  7. Using Legal Tools to Combat Campus Antisemitism
  8. Ethnic Studies and Antisemitism Webinar J Lori Lowenthal Marcus Legal Director @The Deborah
  9. Conversations on Zionism: Reclaiming the Narrative: Stand Up and Fight Back https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=05Bxh5GSONg
  10. Reclaiming Israel’s Legal Rights After the Mandate for Palestine Col (Res.) Maurice Hirsch
  11. Mandate for Palestine was adopted by the Council of the League of Nations (the forerunner of today’s United Nations) in London on 24 July 1922.


Antisemitism: Demonization, Double Standards, Delegitimization

  1. Rusi Jaspal : The Changing Face of Antisemitism: Insights from Social Psychology
  2. Rabbi David Wolpe: Why Antisemitism Makes ‘Sense’: Reflections on the Psychology of the Antisemite
  3. Gerald Steinberg: NGOs, Antisemitism, and the IHRA Working Definition
  4. Miriam F. Elman: Left Antisemitism in the United States: How Jewish Groups Give Cover to the anti-Zionist Movement
  5. Sina Arnold : Antisemitism and the Contemporary American Left
  6. Ambassador Danny Ayalon and Brigadier General (res.) Amir Avivi  How is the war in Ukraine impacting Middle East countries? Antisemitism at the University of Toronto
  7. Hillel Neuer, Executive Director of UN Watch A Nation That Dwells Alone: The Demonization of Israel at the U.N.”
  8. Anne Herzberg and Josh Kern : The Apartheid Calumny: Antisemitism and the Instrumentalization of International Law
  9. Jonathan Greenblatt, It COULD Happen Here. Why America Is Tipping from Hate to the Unthinkableand How We Can Stop It ADL.
  10. Aaron Breitbar The Anti-Jewish campaign of Louis Farrakhan
  11. The Truth About Jews and The Slave Trade
  12. Farrakhan In His Own Words
    also see https://www.adl.org/resources/backgrounders/farrakhan-his-own-words
  13. The Jews Cannot Defeat Me: The Antisemitic Crusade of Louis Farrakhan
  14. Dan Diker BDS Unmasked: Radical Roots, Extremist EndsDeconstructing Apartheid Attacks Against Israel
  15. The Nazi Roots of Arab Antisemitism
  16. The Soviet Origins of Palestinian Antisemitism
  17. The UN’s Newest Assault on Israel
  18. Hate in the US: Unmasking the Antisemitism of CAIR and Other Muslim Brotherhood Offshoots
  19. Fighting the BDS War in the Entertainment Industry Lana Melman
  20. Fighting Hate From Home: The Clear and Present Danger of Conspiracy Theories  ADL CEO Jonathan Greenblatt and Jessica Reaves, the Editorial Director of ADL’s Center on Extremism
  21. Amnesty International’s Israel Problem – and Mine Susie Linfield & Bret Stephens
  22. Ethnic Studies and Antisemitism Webinar J Lori Lowenthal Marcus Legal Director @The Deborah
  23. The Campus War Against Israel & Jews Richard L. Cravatts
  24. BDS’s sinister Mapping Project, which collects the names and addresses of Massachusetts Jewish groups, calling on followers to use the addresses to “dismantle” and “disrupt” such institutions  Jeff Jacoby, Andrea Levin, Ricki Hollander
  25. The role of critical race theory, and the implications for Jews and antisemitism Pamela Paresky
  26. How Social Media Contributes to Extremism and Antisemitism Richard Green (Clarion Project)



  1. The Call to Stop the Iran Deal from Those Who Know the Regime Best
  2. FDR, the Media & the Holocaust: What Did They Know and When Did They Know It?
  3. The Flawed Logic Behind the JCPOA
  4. Biden’s Iran Deal: An Assessment
  5. What on Earth is Putin Thinking?
  6. The Russian Invasion of Ukraine
  7. The Track Record of the Iranian Regime
  8. Current Challenges to US Leadership
  9. Erdogan’s Rapprochement With Israel and the Jewish People
  10. On Our Doorstep: Iran and Hezbollah’s Latin American Networks
  11. Selling Out: The United States, Israel and an Iranian Nuclear Bomb
  12. US National Security & Energy Policy Vis-a-Vis the Middle East and North Africa
  13. Lebanon: The Iranian State Within a State
  14. The Iranian Nuclear Showdown
  15. US-Saudi Diplomacy Under President Biden
  16. America’s International Credibility Post-Afghanistan
  17. Military Challenges for the US and Israel in the Middle East
  18. The Israeli-Arab Insurrection Within Israel’s Borders
  19. Rising Tensions in Gaza
  20. The $400 Billion China-Iran Agreement
  21. What Britain can learn from Israel (Andrew Roberts) Andrew Roberts
    article in SAPIR
  22. Amnesty International’s Israel Problem — and Mine Susie Linfield
    video     article in SAPIR
  23. Caroline B. Glick EMET – An Expert Perspective From Israel on Global Affairs and Changing Geopolitical Alliances
  24. Omar Al Busaidy, Israel-UAE Peace Agreement (see Register at ^pat https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCnpR_mgj-4cNugd4XLPmFfA/videos)
  25. Israel Surrounded by Chaos: Lebanon, Syria, and Iran   Tony Badran,
  26. The Moral and Strategic Failure in Ignoring  Protests in Iran

Israeli Politics

  1. Jerusalem’s View of the Vienna Nuclear Talks
  2. Israel’s Stance on Nuclear Iran & A New Approach to the Palestinian Issue
  3. Gaza Conflict 2021: Hamas, Israel and Eleven Days of War
  4. Understanding the Labyrinth of the Israel Electoral Process
  5. Israel’s Northern Border Heats Up
  6. Assessing the Strength of the Abraham Accords Today
  7. Introducing a Great American Hero: The Man Who Leaked the Iran Deal
  8. Russia’s Invasion of Ukraine & Israel’s Perspective on Iran
  9. Is Israel on a Collision Course With the Biden Administration?
  10. The Symbolism of Palestinian Terror
  11. The Afghanistan Withdrawal Vis-a-Vis Hezbollah on Israel’s Northern Border
  12. Examining Just How UNRWA Operates
  13. Examining the New Unity Government in Israel
  14. Israel’s Internal Conflicts:  Many Sides & Parties Dr. Mordechai Kedar, Israeli scholar of Arab language & culture
  15.  Zeev Jabotinsky Memorial and Tribute to the Great Zionist Leader Rabbi Stav
  16. Israeli Politics for Dummies

Jewish Politics

  1. Jewish leaders have betrayed, failed our community Charles Jacobs and Avi Goldwasser on Caroline Glick’s Mideast News Hour

Fighting Antisemitism: Tactics

  1. Holly Huffnagle (American Jewish Committee)  “What Works? Successful Interventions to Counter Antisemitism”
  2. James Sinkinson, President, Facts and Logic About the Middle East Winning the Fight Against Antisemites
  3. Ilan Sinelnikov Introducing Palestinian Apartheid Week Thursday

Problems for Jews on Campus / in School

  1. Blake Flayton, Kylie Unell, and Rabbi Zuckerman So you Want to be a Zionist?
  2. Using Legal Tools to Combat Campus Antisemitism
  3. Tammi Rossman-Benjamin: Denying Jewish Self-Definition: The Latest Trend in Campus Antisemitism in America and What Can Be Done About It?
  4. The campus war against Israel, Dr. Richard Cravatts
  5. Anti-Zionism in the academy and what we can do to fight back Rachel Fish
  6. Ethnic Studies and Antisemitism Webinar J Lori Lowenthal Marcus Legal Director @The Deborah
  7. End Jew Hatred: Wish you weren’t here, Roger Waters co-sponsored by the Sonoma County Israel Committee
  8. Advice to a Jewish Freshman.” Bret Stephens interviews Howard Jacobson
  9. The role of critical race theory, and the implications for Jews and antisemitism Pamela Paresky
  10. Ethnic Studies in California.
    overview of “Liberated” Ethnic Studies,
    the differences between different Ethnic Studies frameworks
    ACES Ethnic Studies Toolkit 
    StandWithUs Ethnic Studies Toolkit


  1. Nazi’s Granddaughter: The Search for the Truth  Sylvia Foti
  2. Monika Schwarz-Friesel on the 77th anniversary of the liberation of Mauthausen (written speech, not recorded)
  3. Remembering and Dismembering the Holocaust:  Implications for Today Prof. Alvin H. Rosenfeld
  4. Matti Friedman: “Who by Fire: Leonard Cohen in the Sinai”

Disinformation about Israel

  1. Dr. Moran Yarchi Fighting Over the Image: The ‘Image War’ as a Front in the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict Email sheryl.rattner@gmail.com for link
  2. Industry of Lies: Media, Academia and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict –

Ben-Dror Yemini author of the book  Industry of Lies: Media, Academia, and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict.


  1. The Jerusalem Sbarro Bombing