March 12, 2015

anti Semitism no more

According to many, Antisemitism in Europe is believed to be the worst since the Nazi era. As the conflict between Israel and Palestine intensifies, so do incidents across Europe targeting Jewish communities. This discussion will focus on the many layers of antisemitism in Europe, taking into account a long history of religious discrimination, coupled with a newer and vehement attempt at suppression; xenophobia; secular nationalism; and the rise of Islamism. Panel experts examine how these factors affect European Jewish communities, and consider how these nations ought to respond.

As the world endures events like those recently experienced in Paris and Copenhagen, there is a growing sense of urgency among Jews, and of mutual responsibility. The desire to act is strong, but how to do so while still respecting the integrity and unique character of these communities is the challenge.

This panel considered what can be done, and what kind of future can be imagined.

Spiritual Life

NYU Bronfman


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NYU Washington, DC

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NYU Paris

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Moderator - Washington, DC

Robert Williams

Dr. Robert Williams is the Director of Development and New Initiatives in the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, where he oversees and develops new scholarly programs, including those that focus on antisemitism and on the Holocaust in the Soviet Union. He is a representative of the United States of America at the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance, where he chairs the committee on Archival Access, is US delegate to the Academic Working Group and to the IRHA Committee on Holocaust Denial and Antisemitism. He is currently working on a study on the relationship between anti-communism, anti-Americanism, and antisemitism in European public political discourse.  

Simone Rodan Benzaquen

Simone Rodan Benzaquen

Paul Max Morin

Paul Max Morin

Nethanel Cohen Solal

Nethanel Cohen Solal

Paris Panelists

New York Panelist

This event, sponsored by NYU Global Center for Jewish Life, took place simultaneously using video conferencing at NYU on Washington Square Park, NYU Washington, DC and NYU Paris.