The Rabbi Dresner Memorial Library Lecture Series

The lectures this year will be presented by Dr. Jacob Ari Labendz, Director of the Gross Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies, Ramapo College.
Each one-hour lecture begins at 7:00 pm including an approximate fifteen-minute Q&A period with Dr. Labendz.

ZOOM LINK TO REGISTER for December 13th:

December 13, 2022 – 7:00 pm
Anti-Antisemitism: Protecting and Defining Jews:
Ironically, it was anti-antisemitism that enabled the online white supremacists of the Alt-Right to use antisemitism to gain influence and notoriety. We are fortunate to live in a society that has made a commitment to anti-antisemitism—to repudiate antisemitism—a foundational expectation of normative politics, from left to right. Jacob Labendz will show that studying competing definitions of antisemitism and proposed mitigation strategies can reveal important differences in how communities and movements imagine the rightful place of Jews in society. In other words, we may learn more about the opportunities and challenges facing Jews today by studying anti-antisemitism than by focusing (understandably) on antisemitism alone. We may take neither for granted nor may we see them as unrelated. This subject matter is in keeping with Temple Beth Tikvah’s priorities.

Jacob Ari Labendz directs the Gross Center for Judaic and Holocaust Studies at Ramapo College of New Jersey. He researches and writes about the history of Jews in and from Czechoslovakia in the twentieth century, and contributes to scholarly discussions around nationalism, the Cold War, antisemitism, Holocaust memory, and Jewish food cultures. In addition to his articles and reviews, Jacob has published two edited volumes, Jewish Veganism and Vegetarianism: Studies and New Directions with Shmuly Yanklowitz (SUNY, 2019) and Jewish Property after 1945: Cultures and Economies of Ownership, Loss, Recovery, and Transfer (Routledge, 2017)., Jacob earned his Ph.D. in history from Washington University in St. Louis in 2014. He has taught and researched in Ohio, Pennsylvania, Berlin, and Prague.

To make a donation to the library or find out more, go to: 
Click on Rabbi Israel S. Dresner and then Memorial Library
The Rabbi Dresner Memorial Library Committee: Arthur Barchenko, Lynn Cooper, Barbara Goldstein, Beryl Paul, and Debbie Stone
The Rabbi Dresner Memorial Library Advisory Board: Rabbi Brian Beal, Avi Dresner, Tamar Dresner, Joyce Fein, Joy Kurland, Dr. Jacob Ari Labendz, Alissa Okrent, Alice Osur, Charles Romalis, Michael Rudolph, Doreen Shoba

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