New Frontiers In Confronting The New Anti-Semitism

Date: 04/07/2016

Time: 11:30 am - 1:30 pm

Location: The Weinberg Park Heights JCC Board Room and Community Room

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New Frontiers in Confronting Anti-Semitism(8)Facilitator: Neil Rubin, Educator

Audience: Professionals, Formal and Informal Educators and Lay Leaders

Fee: Professionals $36 / Lay Leaders $72 / Students – no charge

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A swastika is daubed on a suburban Washington, D.C., synagogue’s wall. The chief rabbi of Paris tells men to wear a baseball hat instead of a kippah. And terror attacks hit Jewish targets in Kansas City, India, France, Germany and elsewhere. What does it mean? How does it reflect the remarkably horrifying events of the first decades of the 20th century? How do we respond effectively in confronting the topics of anti- Zionism and racial anti-Semitism when implored by friends and colleagues? Explore history through a new lens while wrestling with the complicated situation of today with experts in the field. Equip yourself with readily available resources.


Thursday, December 3 (The Weinberg Park Heights JCC Board Room) – Anti – Semitism: Its History and What it Means Today
Seth Gordon-Lipkin, Educator, Anti-Defamation League
The Old-New Issue
We lay the groundwork for our series as ADL Project Director, Educator, Seth Gordon-Lipkin teaches us about the past and present of anti-Semitism. This focused, interactive presentation will give us the ability to identify and evaluate the concept.

Thursday, January  7 (The Weinberg Park Heights JCC Community Room) – Theology and Reality: Christian and Islamic Anti- Semitism Through the Ages and Now
Dr. Rosann Catalano, Catholic Scholar, ICJS
Rabbi Geoff Basik, Educator, Spiritual Leader of Kol HaLev Synagogue, Interfaith Dialogue Leader
Dr. Robert O. Freedman, Professor Emeritus of Baltimore Hebrew University and Visiting Professor at the Johns Hopkins University
Theology and Reality
Are both Christianity and Islam anti-Semitic at their core? How do those religions struggle to overcome the anti-Semitism in their midst? Are they successful? Join Dr. Rosann Catalano, Rabbi Geoff Basik, and Dr. Robert O. Freedman for a fascinating exploration of all that and more.

Thursday, February 11 (The Weinberg Park Heights JCC Community Room) – Understanding the Complexities of Jewish Europe
Dr. Peter Black, US Holocaust Memorial Museum
Russell Wolkind, Director of Planning and Partnerships for JDC Europe, American Joint Distribution Committee, “Live Feed from Europe”
Racial Anti-Semitism; An Insider’s View from Overseas
In hour one, we explore the racial anti-Semitism that led to the Holocaust and – so critical for us – what it means today. In hour two, we have a live feed from Europe where a leading official explores the continent’s diverse Jewish life, a world where anti-Semitism is a defining factor, yet Jewish communities thrive.

Thursday, March  3 (The Weinberg Park Heights JCC Community Room) – The Battle on Campus and What BDS Means
Aviva Vogelstein, Staff Attorney for Brandeis Center for Human Rights Under Law
Andrew Cohen, Israel Education Coordinator for the Northeast, Hillel International
Rabbi Ari Israel, Executive Director, University of Maryland Hillel
College student activists
The View of Young Jews
In hour one, the scene from college campuses – and when anti-Israel sentiments are and are not anti-Semitism – is explored by Baltimore native and Brandeis Center for Human Rights attorney Aviva Vogelstein. In hour two, university students share their view on what they see every day, what they’re doing about it – and what they cannot do about it.

Thursday, April 7 (The Weinberg Park Heights JCC Community Room) – Blacks and Jews: Complicated Realities, and What’s Next?
Molly Amster, Baltimore Director, Jews United For Justice
Yisrael Jerome Bethea, Owner and President of LTD Studies LLC
Kenneth Morrison, CEO of Dew More Baltimore
“Do not stand idly by” (Lev.-19:16): In the face of real issues, we explore how Jews and Blacks work toward better understanding each other and the broader community. Learn from area and national experts who work with both the African-American and Jewish communities. They will look at how they experience anti-Semitism and racism and how to deal with it. Finally, we will wrap it all up with lessons learned, local resources and where we go with all this now.

Short Bios of speakers (click for longer bios):

Seth Gordon-Lipkin serves as the Education Project Director in ADL’s Washington, DC Regional Office

Dr. Rosann Catalano is Staff Scholar at the Institute for Christian & Jewish Studies.

Rabbi Geoff Basik is the founding rabbi of the Kol HaLev Synagogue Community.

Dr. Robert O. Freedman is Peggy Meyerhoff Pearlstone Professor of Political Science Emeritus at Baltimore Hebrew University and Visiting Professor of Political Science at Johns Hopkins University.

Dr. Peter Black will retire at the end of 2015 as Senior Historian and Director of the Division of the Senior Historian at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.

Russell Wolkind is Director Of Planning And Partnerships for JDC-Europe.

Aviva J. Vogelstein, is  staff attorney at the Washington, D.C.-based Louis D. Brandeis Center for Human Rights Under Law.

Funded by the Charles Crane Family Foundation and sponsored by the Darrell D. Friedman Institute for Professional Development at the Weinberg Center (DFI), in partnership with The Associated and agencies: the Jewish Museum of Maryland at the Herbert Bearman Campus, the Jewish Community Center of Greater Baltimore, Baltimore Hebrew Institute at Towson University, Baltimore Jewish Council, and Hillel.

Seating is limited. For more information, email, visit, call 410-843-7560.