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How many times has your interest been piqued by a speaker or topic on Judaism, only for you to learn that the lecture was happening in New York, L.A. or even Israel?

Distance-Wise brings conversations with the world’s most renowned Jewish thinkers directly to you via video conferencing, and at no cost thanks to a generous, multi-year grant from a donor.

2019 – 2020 Schedule

On Dead Jews: Uses and Misuses of Jewish History, from China to New York and Beyond

Dara Horn
November 14
7:00 PM – 8:00 PM

In this talk, acclaimed novelist and Hebrew and Yiddish literature scholar Dara Horn will explore the ways in which Jewish history is remembered, misremembered, used and exploited – benignly or less so – in places around the world. What does the public interest in dead Jews mean for living ones, and how can we think critically about the ways we understand the past?

Holy Ground: The Spirituality of Accompaniment Through Mental Illness

Rabbi Elliot Kukla and Rabbi Eric Weiss
December 12
7:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Synagogues are an important place to offer support to those who live with mental illness. Together let’s explore the crucial role a faith community can play in the life of those who live with mental illness. We will discuss spiritual tools for companionship, the challenges of the mentally ill community members and ultimately the gifts of this work.

Israeli Politics and Their Impact on Religious Freedom

Rabbi Uri Regev, Esq.
January 19
10:00 AM – 11:00 AM

Rabbi Regev explores the reasons behind the void separating Israel’s founding promise for religious freedom and equality on the one hand, and the modern reality, in which, ironically, Jews enjoy less religious freedom than Christians. This impacts not only Israeli Jews, but world Jewry as a whole, and the discussion will lead to the question of the legitimacy and desirability of American Jewish engagement in advancing religious freedom and pluralism in Israel.

Antisemitism Here and Now: A Contemporary Global Analysis

Paul Liptz
February 23
10:00 AM – 11:00 AM

Jew-hatred, in one form or another, is an ancient and frightening phenomenon. At each and every stage of history, it raises its ugly head but in a different shape and form. This session will look at the contemporary realities where the danger comes from three directions; the radical right, the radical left, and Islamic fundamentalists. This demands of us some responses. What is most effective in the 21st century?


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