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We are living in a turbulent and ominous hour.

The volatility of politics in the United States and Europe, the rise of authoritarian ideologies and governments, the ferocity of the debates about immigration and difference, the new faces of anti-Semitism and xenophobia: these momentous and unsettling developments have enormous implications for Jews in the West. How should American Jewry make sense of these changes? What are the dangers they pose to Jewish values and Jewish interests? Is anti-Semitism on the rise, and why? Is European Jewry in peril? How should Jews think about the liberal order and its increasingly powerful critics?

Bernard-Henri L
évy, Leon Wieseltier, Paul Berman, and Alana Newhouse will discuss these urgent and unsettling questions, and attempt to place them in their historical and intellectual contexts.

Brief Bios

Bernard-Henri Lévy is a philosopher, activist and filmmaker. His most recent book, The Genius of Judaism, was published in January 2017 by Random House. New York Times Bestsellers include American Vertigo, Barbarism with a Human Face and Who Killed Daniel Pearl? His films include the documentaries Bosna!, The Oath of Tobruk, Peshmerga and The Battle of Mosul. Lévy is co-founder of the antiracist group SOS Racisme.

Alana Newhouse is the editor-in-chief of Tablet, which she founded in 2009, and a contributor to numerous other outlets, including The New York Times and The Washington Post.

Leon Wieseltier is the Isaiah Berlin Senior Fellow in Culture and Policy at the Brookings Institution and the author of Kaddish. He chairs the Global Forum of the National Library of Israel. In 2013 he was awarded the Dan David Prize.

Paul Berman is a writer on politics and literature, and is a recipient of fellowships from the MacArthur and Guggenheim foundations and from the National Endowment for the Humanities. His books include "Terror and Liberalism," "The Flight of the Intellectuals," and "Power and the Idealists."


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