“Antisemitism and the Politics of Jewish Peoplehood”

The third and final lecture of the fall 2019 College of Jewish Studies series on “Antisemitism, Then and Now” will be held on Thursday, September 19, when Dr. Yehuda Kurtzer, president of the Shalom Hartman Institute of North America, will present a lecture titled “Antisemitism and the Politics of Jewish Peoplehood.” Kurtzer’s talk will focus on today’s “complex and sometimes troubled” relationship between Israel and Diaspora communities (particularly American Jewry), exploring the ways in which antisemitic discourse has sought to exploit these divides. 
Kurtzer received his M.A. from Brown University and Ph.D. in Jewish studies from Harvard University. He served on the faculty of Brandeis University and held the inaugural chair in Jewish Communal Innovation there. In 2010, he helped create the Hartman Institute of North America as a research and educational center dedicated to exploring the relationship between Israel and the Diaspora. Kurtzer is the author of “Shuva: The Future of the Jewish Past” and the co-editor of the forthcoming volume “The New Jewish Canon,” a collection of what are considered the most significant Jewish ideas and debates of the past two generations.
College of Jewish Studies programs are open to the entire community; general admission is $8 per program, or $20 for all three programs; senior admission is $5 per program or $12 for all three programs. BU students are welcome to attend at no charge. All programs begin at 7:30 pm at the Jewish Community Center, 500 Clubhouse Rd., Vestal.
The College of Jewish Studies provides opportunities for adult Jewish education for the Broome County community by offering fall and spring programs. Drawing on local resources, and inviting scholars and experts from a range of universities and cultural and religious institutions, CJS sponsors a wide array of programs dealing with Jewish history, culture, religion and politics.
The College of Jewish Studies, founded in 1986, is an informal coalition between the Judaic Studies Department of Binghamton University and several area Jewish sponsoring institutions: the Jewish Community Center, the Jewish Federation of Greater Binghamton, Beth David Synagogue, Temple Concord and Temple Israel. Programming for CJS would not be possible without the additional financial support of a grant from The Community Foundation for South Central New York-David and Virginia Eisenberg Donor Advised Fund, the Jacob and Rose Olum Foundation, the B’nai B’rith Lectureship Fund, the Victor and Esther Rozen Foundation, an endowment fund from the former Temple Beth El of Endicott, a grant from the JoyVel Charitable Fund and the donations of individual sponsors.