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If you ask Isaac or Julia where they’re from, make sure you have have a few hours... As ‘mixed’ Jews, they live the experience of multi-cultural, diasporic Judaism, extending as far as Jewish History does—from the Middle East, to Iberia, to Eastern Europe, to the United States, to Latin America. But Julia and Isaac’s unique perspectives go farther than their ethnicity. As young and loud Jewish activists in a changing world, these two college students aim to find their place in society. Suppo ...
 
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Hannah Dreyfus is a freelance reporter with an unusual but essential beat: reporting allegations of sexual misconduct in Jewish organizations. In this episode of Identity/Crisis, Yehuda Kurtzer speaks with Dreyfus about her recent story on a former senior rabbi at Central Synagogue and the process of reporting out allegations of inappropriate sexua…
 
In the wake of the conviction of Derek Chauvin for the murder of George Floyd, Hartman Research Fellows Ginna Green (political strategist and writer) and Rivka Press Schwartz (SAR) join host Yehuda Kurtzer to reflect on the impact of the moment and to take a broader view at the American Jewish community's relationship to white supremacy and policin…
 
Shayna Weiss (Brandeis University) and Joe Schwartz (Asif) join Yehuda Kurtzer to discuss Israeli music for this special Yom Ha'atzmaut episode, charting the 20th century greats, the journey of Mizrahi artists from margins to mainstream, and the great piyyut revival in popular music.Door Shalom Hartman Institute
 
James Loeffler joins host Yehuda Kurtzer to discuss the development of the term "genocide," and the nuances of three newly-articulated, potentially competing, definitions of antisemitism. IHRA Working Definition of Antisemitism: https://www.state.gov/defining-anti-semitism/ The Nexus Document: https://israelandantisemitism.com/the-nexus-document/ T…
 
Host Yehuda Kurtzer convenes a panel of guests to discuss the past and present of American Jewish religious music, from Mordechai Ben David to Nissim Black to Debbie Friedman. Featuring Dovid Bashevkin (1840 Podcast), Yardaena Osband (Talking Talmud Podcast), Miri Miller (SHI NA), and Shira Hanau (JTA). Episode playlist: https://spoti.fi/3vLFbMQ Ot…
 
Felicia Herman (Natan Fund, Jewish Commmunity Response and Impact Fund), Hindy Poupko (UJA Federation of New York), and Andres Spokoiny (Jewish Funders Network) join Yehuda Kurtzer to discuss the lessons of 2008, the role of Jewish philanthropy in the pandemic, and why we haven't seen the dire institutional turbulence many predicted one year ago.…
 
Yehuda Kurtzer gathers Rabbi Barry Dov Katz (Conservative Synagogue Adath Israel of Riverdale), Tilly Shemer (Hillel at University of Michigan), and Stephanie Ives (Beit Rabban Day School) to look back at one year of the pandemic: how COVID has impacted their institutions and changed their leadership in ways both temporary and permanent.…
 
During the Truth, Difference, and Loyalty interfaith symposium, Ross Douthat (The New York Times) joined Yehuda Kurtzer to discuss the role of faith in presidential politics, the possibility of political but not partisan religion, and what if anything remains at the religious center of America.Door Shalom Hartman Institute
 
Rachel B. Gross (San Francisco State University) joins Yehuda Kurtzer to discuss her new book, Beyond the Synagogue: Jewish Nostalgia as Religious Practice, and its central argument: that foodways, children's literature, and Jewish nostalgia represent a defining feature of American Jewish religion today - and that that's not a bad thing.…
 
ADL CEO Jonathan Greenblatt joins host Yehuda Kurtzer to discuss Jewish perspectives on the emerging Biden administration, what was “good for the Jews” and what was “bad for the Jews” about the Trump administration, and most importantly, how American Jews can strengthen the precious “software” of the American government.…
 
Journalists Isabel Kershner (The New York Times) and Ben Sales (JTA) join host Yehuda Kurtzer to discuss the successes and failures to date of the COVID-19 vaccine rollout in Israel, Palestine, and the global Haredi community. Articles mentioned in this episode: I attended an Orthodox anti-vaccine rally. Here’s what I saw. by Ben Sales in the Jewis…
 
Host Yehuda Kurtzer and Yoni Appelbaum (The Atlantic) come together the morning after a mob breached the US Capitol for a conversation on the roots of the chaos of January 6, 2021, the youthfulness and fragility of American multiracial democracy, and the core idea of America that we can return to and build upon. You can find a link to Yoni Applebau…
 
Host Yehuda Kurtzer is joined by Muslim Leadership Initiative alumnae Inas Younis and Rabia Chaudry to discuss Muslim-Jewish relations during and after the Trump presidency, the nature of the Israel-Palestine conflict's impact on American interfaith cooperation, and the risks and rewards of speaking across difference. Referenced in this episode: Mu…
 
Hartman Fellow in Residence Mijal Bitton speaks to Yehuda Kurtzer about diverse American Jews, politics, and the goals and problematics of the project of diversity. Mijal's article can be found here: https://www.jta.org/2020/11/19/opinion/many-jews-of-color-and-diverse-jews-are-politically-conservative-and-many-voted-for-trump…
 
Lila Corwin Berman (Temple University) joins host Yehuda Kurtzer to discuss the ways in which America has shaped philanthropy, and the ways in which philanthropy has shaped the American Jewish community, over the last thirty years. This episode was recorded live as part of the Judaism, Citizenship, and Democracy symposium hosted by the Hartman Inst…
 
Host Yehuda Kurtzer is joined by Daniel Kurtzer (Princeton), a former US Ambassador to Egypt and Israel and longtime American negotiator in the Israeli-Palestinian peace process. They remember Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat and Prime Minister Yitzchak Rabin, and reflect on the humanity and necessity of the peace process. Identity/Crisis is part…
 
Featuring Jeffrey Goldberg (The Atlantic) and Yehuda Kurtzer (Hartman) Mentioned in this episode: https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2020/07/trumps-collaborators/612250/ https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2020/09/coronavirus-american-failure/614191/Door Shalom Hartman Institute
 
In episode #30 of Identity/Crisis, Yehuda Kurtzer speaks with Arielle Angel and Jacob Plitman of Jewish Currents about the history and future of Jewish progressive movements and the relationship between liberalism and Jewish tradition. Articles referenced in the episode: https://jewishcurrents.org/justice-you-shall-pursue/ https://jewishcurrents.or…
 
In episode #29 of Identity/Crisis, Yehuda Kurtzer talks with Rabbi Sharon Brous (IKAR) and Rabbi Elie Kaunfer (Hadar) about whether and how one should pray for the welfare of a government and president to which one is opposed. Mentioned in the episode: - Jewish Prayers for the United States Government: A Study in the Liturgy of Politics and the Pol…
 
Julia and Isaac are joined by Dr. Sheila Nazarian from the hit Netflix show “Skin Decision” to discuss the manifestation of Jewish identity in the workplace. Dr. Nazarian delves into her unique background growing up in the United States as a Jewish immigrant from Iran and contrasts her experience as a religious minority in both and Iran and the Uni…
 
Julia and Isaac sit down with Ofir Eden and Yonina Berman, two Israeli student activists, and have an honest dialogue about the misunderstandings between Diaspora Jews and Israeli Jews. Listen in as they touch on their daily experiences, politics, misconceptions of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and more. --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor…
 
Julia and Isaac go into the history and nuances of Ashkenormativity in Israel and the US as they see it, as well as their experiences with this issue in their personal lives. --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/appSupport this podcast: https://anchor.fm/jewishidentitycrisis/support…
 
Co-Founders of Jewish on Campus, Sophie Frieden and Francesca Fedorovsky join us to talk about their journeys with Judaism and religion. Join us as we discuss the connection between religion and ethnicity, and navigating a secular world that de-centers spirituality. --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https…
 
In this introductory episode, Isaac and Julia dive into their heritage and family history to explain their unique lens. They talk about their journey into the Jewish activism world, and touch on the University of Delaware Chabad fire which left so many in the Jewish community in shock. --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to m…
 
Featuring Rivka Press Schwartz (SAR / Hartman), Anshel Pfeffer (Haaretz), and Yehuda Kurtzer (Hartman). Mentioned in this episode: Yehuda Kurtzer, "Memory Malpractice:" https://www.tabletmag.com/sections/belief/articles/memory-malpractice-beinart Anshel Pfeffer, "Peter Beinart's One State Solution Sounds So Perfect It's Practically Utopian:" https:…
 
Featuring Julie Cooper (Tel Aviv University) Shaul Magid (Shalom Hartman Institute / Dartmouth University), Daniel Kurtzer (School of Public and International Affairs, Princeton University), Sara Hirschhorn (Northwestern University), and Yehuda Kurtzer (Shalom Hartman Institute). To purchase The New Jewish Canon: https://www.amazon.com/New-Jewish-C…
 
Featuring Ginna Green, Isaiah Rothstein, and Yehuda Kurtzer. Mentioned in this episode: - Danielle S. Allen, "Our Declaration": https://www.amazon.com/Our-Declaration-Reading-Independence-Equality-ebook/dp/B00FPT5KYW - ‘Believe us’: Black Jews respond to the George Floyd protests, in their own words: https://www.jta.org/2020/05/31/united-states/bel…
 
Mentioned in today's episode: https://www.ted.com/talks/joshua_foer_feats_of_memory_anyone_can_do?language=en Sukkah City https://forward.com/articles/132454/forward-50-2010/ Moonwalking https://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/books/301277/moonwalking-with-einstein-by-joshua-foer/ For more information on all of Hartman's digital summer programming, go t…
 
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