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Black-Jewish Relations and Returning to a Shared Legacy

Thursday June 2024
Starts at 3pm


Jason L. Riley Senior Fellow @jasonrileywsj
The Hon. Ritchie Torres U.S. House of Representatives, NY-15
Rev. Herbert A. Brisbon III University Chaplain at Lawless Memorial Chapel; Director, The National Center of Black-Jewish Relations
Abe Greenwald Executive Editor, Commentary
David Christopher Kaufman Editor and Columnist, New York Post
Jamie Kirchick Contributing Writer, Tablet and author of Secret City: The Hidden History of Gay Washington
Juan Williams Senior Political Analyst, FOX News
Ruth Wisse Martin Peretz Professor of Yiddish Literature and Professor of Comparative Literature, Harvard University (emerita)

Following the U.S. Civil Rights Movement, the rise of grievance-based politics and race-consciousness among self-proclaimed civil rights leaders helped create a divide between the black and Jewish communities. Today, that divide is evident on college campuses nationwide, hearkening back to a time when Black Panther Party leader Stokely Carmichael, while speaking at a college, once stated, “the only good Zionist is a dead Zionist.” What can be done to reverse current polling trends among young people that reveal sympathy for Hamas and support for antisemitic viewpoints? How can the two communities return to the kinship once championed by Martin Luther King, Jr.?

Please join us for a conference and evening reception that will feature a keynote interview with Congressman Ritchie Torres. Rep. Torres will share his perspective on deterring antisemitism and strengthening a shared commitment to civil rights in the black and Jewish communities. Panel discussions will cover the history of black–Jewish relations dating back to the Civil Rights Movement; the shifts that have taken place between the two communities; and recent developments since the horrific October 7th attack on Israel.

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