Confronting Hate: Examining Anti-Semitism

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Examining Anti-Semitism Through Religious and Ideological World Views

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The late Rabbi Marc Tanenbaum, our organization’s namesake, was known as “the Human Rights Rabbi.” Ranked, in his time, as one of the four most influential and respected religious leaders in the U.S., he dedicated his life to building bridges across communities. He understood that dogma can separate people, but that values can bring them together. That inclusiveness made him a powerful force for justice, not just among Jews, but among world leaders and people from every tradition. As such, his practice of Judaism was as a Universalist who preached identity without insularity.

The newly released biography of Rabbi Tanenbaum, Confronting Hate: The Untold Story of the Rabbi Who Stood Up for Human Rights, Racial Justice, and Religious Reconciliation, by Deborah Hart Strober and Gerald S. Strober, is therefore timely—because the issues Rabbi Tanenbaum confronted are hauntingly similar to the issues we face today: civil rights, human rights, persecution, demagoguery, anti-Semitism, Islamophobia, immigration, refugees . . . division and hate. How he addressed these issues are guideposts for today’s activists and all people of conscience.

The anti-Semitism he fought is an ancient hatred, and one that does not stand in isolation. It reflects and, historically, has often been the precursor to the flourishing of other hatreds.

That’s why Tanenbaum is hosting “Confronting Hate” on November 14th—a courageous conversation designed to examine anti-Semitism and hate through various lenses. During a provocative panel discussion, participants will hear from a former leader in the KKK and white supremacist, an expert on Catholicism’s past and current perspectives on anti-Semitism, and a Muslim international journalist who investigated the trans-Atlantic networks behind the rise of the far-right as a global movement.

Long-standing stereotypes are now treated as public truths. Far too many people claim “Jews control the world” and scapegoat them for an array of societal ills from capitalism to communism. Violence targeting Jews and Jewish institutions is not new. But today, anti-Semitism—and religious bigotry—are resurfacing with force. This conversation confronts it head-on.

Join us for an insightful conversation on November 14th from 6:00 – 8:00 pm to hear first-hand accounts from:

  • Dr. Georgette Bennett, Tanenbaum’s President and founder, and the widow of Rabbi Tanenbaum.
  • Judy Banki, who will discuss her work with Rabbi Tanenbaum during his years fomenting change with the Vatican Council II.
  • Chris Buckley, former white supremacist, who will share his experiences as an Imperial Nighthawk with the Loyal White Knights, and marcher in the group chanting “Jews will not replace us” during the ‘Unite the Right’ rally in Charlottesville, VA .
  • Dr. Nafeez Ahmed, bestselling author and investigative journalist who wrote the exposé “Behind Islamophobia Is a Global Movement of Anti-Semites” detailing the trans-Atlantic networks behind the rise of the far-right as a global movement.
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