Scholar in Residence Michael Berenbaum

Havdalah service at 6:30pm

Scholar in Residence at 7:00pm

Dr. Michael Berenbaum is a professor of Jewish Studies at the American Jewish University in Los Angeles. He currently serves as the university’s Director of the Sigi Ziering Institute: Exploring the Ethical and Religious Implications of the Holocaust.

Antisemitism and Other Hatreds in an Era of Populism, Anti-Globalism, and Polarization

Is antisemitism a harbinger of the disintegration of democracy, pluralism, and tolerance? Is there a relationship between antisemitism and hatred of immigrants and other minorities? How should the Jewish community respond to various expressions of hatred? For Jews the issue is made more complex by the perception of Jews as powerful — and often all too powerful – and privileged whites and by the question of intersectionality: Should Jews join forces with groups with whom we share a social justice agenda if those groups make antisemitic statements?