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Enduring Disagreements: A Three-Part Speaker Series

Date: May 10 & May 16, 2017 at 6:30pm
Location: Pavilion

Addressing the Urgencies of Our Time

How do we respond when someone takes a stand that challenges our core beliefs? How do we keep the lines of communication open when political and cultural divides continue to grow? In this three-part series, our guest speakers will help identify the causes for these expanding ideological rifts, examine how they affect the Jewish community, and offer strategies to engage in thoughtful discourse when we disagree.

Interested in taking a deeper dive? Join a CORE Group – small discussion group – for an opportunity to create connections with fellow congregants, explore what Jewish tradition has to teach us about constructive conflict, and consider suggested tools to be a productive participant in these difficult conversations. Please contact Lauren Dickel if you’d like to participate.

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Part 1: Why Good People Are Divided By Politics and Religion

ft. Jonathan Haidt

This event took place on Wednesday, April 5.
Are our political opponents morally bankrupt?  If not, what could they possibly be thinking? NYU Professor Jonathan Haidt, author of the NY Times bestseller The Righteous Mind: Why Good People are Divided by Politics and Religion, will explore the moral psychology of political and religious difference, how we are wired to ignore alternative perspectives, and how we can learn to escape our own “moral matrix” to better understand those with whom we disagree.

Part 2: Responding to Anti-Semitism

ft. Eric K. Ward, David Harris, and Rabbi Michelle Dardashti

This event took place on Wednesday, May 10.
How serious is the growing wave of anti-Semitism in the United States, and how does it relate to racism and other forms of discrimination? Panelists Eric K. Ward (Senior Fellow at the Southern Poverty Law Center), David Harris (CEO of AJC – Global Jewish Advocacy), and Rabbi Michelle Dardashti (Associate University Chaplain for the Jewish Community at Brown) bring together their unique perspectives to discuss how the Jewish community and its allies should respond to these threats.

Part 3: Muslims and Jews - Bridging Historical Divides

ft. Dr. Yehuda Kurtzer and Rabia Chaudry

This event took place on Wednesday, May 16.
The relationship between American Muslim and Jewish communities is a complicated and delicate one. Today, two groups who’ve typically remained at arm’s length find themselves reaching out to one another for support as both increasingly become the targets of threats, violence, and exclusionary political rhetoric. Explore new paths being forged in Muslim-Jewish community building in America including the groundbreaking work of the Muslim Leadership Initiative with Dr. Yehuda Kurtzer, President of the Shalom Hartman Institute of North America, and Rabia Chaudry, creator of the acclaimed podcast Undisclosed and an alumna of the Hartman Institute’s Muslim Leadership Initiative.

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