A literary contemplation on how Jews are viewed in America since the election of Donald J. Trump, and how we can move forward to fight anti-Semitism.

This event is co-presented by ADL and will feature a post-lecture panel discussion and Q&A led by local experts on anti-Semitism and extremism.

After being attacked on Twitter by a wave of neo-Nazis and anti-Semites, New York Times editor Jonathan Weisman stopped to wonder: How has the Jewish experience changed under a leader like Donald Trump? In (((Semitism))), Weisman delves into the rise of the Alt Right, their roots in older anti-Semitic organizations, the odd ancientness of their grievances—cloaked as they are in contemporary, techy hipsterism—and their aims—to spread hate in a palatable way through a political structure that has become tolerant of their views. He concludes proposing a unification of American Judaism around the defense of self and of others even more vulnerable: the undocumented immigrants, refugees, Muslim Americans, and black activists who have been directly targeted, not just by the tolerated Alt Right, but by the Trump White House itself.

Jonathan Weisman is Deputy Washington Editor of The New York Times and author of the novel, No. 4 Imperial Lane, which was a Chautauqua Prize finalist, Amazon Best Book of the Month, and Great Group Reads Pick at the Women’s National Book Association. He has reported for The Baltimore Sun, The Washington Post, USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, and others.

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