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Anti-Semitism in America: Past vs. Present - Mon Oct 15, 7:30pm

Mon, October 15th, 2018
7:30 pm
- 9:00 pm

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Lecture and Discussion with Kenneth Stern

How does antisemitism in America in the past compare to its presence in our country today?
How does an historical perspective help us assess the seriousness of the current situation?
Do we need new strategies to tackle antisemitism’s recent manifestations in America?

On Monday, 15 October 2018, at 7:30 P.M., Congregation Beth Israel (53 Lois Street, North Adams), in partnership with the Chaplains Office at Williams College, hosts Kenneth S. Stern, a speaker superbly qualified to consider questions such as these, having dedicated his life’s work to combatting hate.

Mr. Stern recently served as director of the Division on Antisemitism and Extremism at the American Jewish Committee, where he worked for 25 years.  A lawyer and award-winning author, he has written extensively on just about every aspect of antisemitism. He was the lead drafter of the definition of antisemitism adopted by the U.S. State Department of State.  He has argued before the U.S. Supreme Court, testified before Congress, presented at the White House Conference on Hate Crimes, and served as a member of the U.S. Delegation to the Stockholm Forum on Combating Intolerance.  He has trained over 200 college and university presidents on how to respond to instances of bigotry on campus and helped to establish courses and programs on the study of hate.  He has taught Jewish Studies and Human Rights courses at Bard College.  Currently, he serves as executive director of the Justus & Karin Rosenberg Foundation, whose mission is to combat the growing problems of antisemitism, hatred, and the vexed intersection between antisemitism and some people’s attitudes towards Israel, particularly as they impact U.S. Colleges and Universities.

This event is free and open to the public.  Refreshments will be served.

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