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The Jerusalem Declaration: Scholars Respond to Antisemitism

Tue Jun 8 12:00 pm - 12:45 pm PDT
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A Declaration by 200+ Scholars on Fighting Antisemitism without Curtailing Free Speech.

The definition of antisemitism according to the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance has been widely adopted. It has also been criticized by some for being overly broad in its use and because it might have the potential to censor legitimate criticism of Israel. In 2021, a group of two hundred scholars released the Jerusalem Declaration on Antisemitism as a corrective to what they believe are flaws in the IHRA definition. Given the recent eruption of antisemitism in the wake of conflict in the Middle East, the root causes of hatred against Jews are an even more urgent issue.

Join the scholars behind the declaration, professors Elissa Bemporad and Derek Penslar, in conversation with AJU’s Prof. Michael Berenbaum, to discuss this global endeavor and its resonance.

Cost: Free
Series: Powerful Perspectives
Guest: Elissa Bemporad
Elissa Bemporad is Professor of History and Ungar Chair in East European Jewish History and the Holocaust at Queens College and CUNY Graduate Center. She is a two-time winner of the National Jewish Book Award. She is the author of Becoming Soviet Jews: The Bolshevik Experiment in Minsk (2013 IUP), and Legacy of Blood: Jews, Pogroms, and Ritual Murder in the Lands of the Soviets (2019 OxfordUP). Elissa is the co-editor of two volumes: Women and Genocide: Survivors, Victims, Perpetrators (2018 IUP); and Pogroms: A Documentary History (Oxford University Press, 2021). She is currently completing the first volume of the Comprehensive History of Soviet Jews (forthcoming with New York University Press), and at work on a biography of Ester Frumkin. She is editor of Jewish Social Studies.
Guest: Derek Penslar
Derek Penslar is the William Lee Frost Professor of Jewish History at Harvard University. He previously taught at Indiana University, the University of Toronto, and Oxford University, where he was the inaugural holder of the Stanley Lewis Chair in Modern Israel Studies. Penslar takes a comparative and transnational approach to Jewish history, which he studies within the contexts of modern capitalism, nationalism, and colonialism. Penslar’s books include Shylock’s Children: Economics and Modern Identity in Modern Europe (2001), Israel in History: The Jewish State in Comparative Perspective (2006), The Origins of the State of Israel: A Documentary History (with Eran Kaplan, 2011), Jews and the Military: A History (2013), and Theodor Herzl: The Charismatic Leader (2020). He is currently writing a book titled Zionism: An Emotional State and is beginning work on a global history of the 1948 Palestine War.
Host: Michael Berenbaum

Michael Berenbaum is a Professor of Jewish Studies and Director of the Sigi Ziering Institute at the American Jewish University. He is a writer, a scholar and a creator of Museums. His work has been recognized by the Emmys and Academy Awards.