Unpacking the Book: Jewish Writers in Conversation

Always the Other: The Continued Rise of Antisemitism from Dreyfus to Today


Thursday, April 18, 2024
7 – 8 pm EDT
Scheuer Auditorium

The Saul and Gladys Gwirtzman Lecture

Rabbi Diana Fersko and author Maurice Samuels lead a discussion about antisemitism–what it is born out of, why does it spread, and most importantly, what we can learn from its persistence in the world today. Mod­er­at­ed by Stephanie But­nick, host of Tablet’s Unortho­dox podcast.

Copies of Diana Fersko’s We Need to Talk About Antisemitism and Maurice Samuels’s Alfred Dreyfus: The Man at the Center of the Affair will be available for purchase and signing at the event.

About the Speakers:

Rabbi Diana Fersko is the Senior Rabbi at The Village Temple in Manhattan. She served as National Vice President of the Women’s Rabbinic Network and is a member of the New York Board of Rabbis. She received her rabbinic ordination from Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion, where she also earned a master’s degree in Hebrew literature. For more than a decade, Rabbi Fersko has been preaching and teaching about antisemitism.

Maurice Samuels is the Betty Jane Anlyan Professor of French at Yale University and a specialist in 19th century French culture. A recipient of the Guggenheim Fellowship and the New York Public Library Cullman Center Fellowship, he is the author of five books, including most recently The Betrayal of the Duchess and Alfred Dreyfus: The Man at the Center of the Affair.  He has directed the Yale Program for the Study of Antisemitism since 2011.

Stephanie But­nick is deputy edi­tor of Tablet Mag­a­zine and a host of the Unortho­dox pod­cast. She is the author, along with her co-hosts, of The Newish Jew­ish Ency­clo­pe­dia: From Abra­ham to Zabar’s and Every­thing in Between. She has writ­ten for The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal.

Co-presented by Jewish Book Council, the Jewish Museum, and Tablet Magazine.

Admis­sion to the event is free and includes an oppor­tu­ni­ty to vis­it the Jewish Museum’s gal­leries on the day of the pro­gram. Advance RSVP is required; how­ev­er, ear­ly arrival is sug­gest­ed as space is lim­it­ed, and entry is not guaranteed.

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