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Critical Conversations: Combating Antisemitism

Critical Conversations: Combating Antisemitism

Monday, February 20, 2023 - 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm

Critical Conversations is an annual Spertus Institute program inspired by Judaism’s embrace of civil discourse.

The series brings together high-profile experts and activists
to address the most critical issues of the day.

Critical Conversations is generously funded
by the late Eric Joss.

This year our presenters will focus on antisemitism—its current
manifestations and what can be done to combat it,
both within and beyond Jewish communities.


In Person Tickets—$18 
Includes post-program reception.

VIP Tickets—$180
VIP price includes VIP seating and
pre-program dinner with the speakers.
Reserve by February 2, 2023.
Ticket revenue supports Spertus educational initiatives.

Online Tickets—Free
Online tickets are free thanks to donors like you.
Closed captioning provided for online viewers.

Reservations required for all ticket types.
Reserve at links above.

Valet parking will be available. 

Spertus Institute Critical Conversations Presenters 2023

2023 Presenters

Dr. Miriam F. Elman is Executive Director of the Academic Engagement Network, a DC-based organization that counters antisemitism and anti-Israel activities on college campuses. She is also the Research Director in the Program for the Advancement of Research on Conflict and Collaboration (PARCC). In 2018, she was named one of “the top 100 people positively influencing Jewish life” by the Algemeiner.

Dr. Dov Waxman is an internationally recognized expert on topics including contemporary antisemitism and American Jewry’s relationship with Israel. He is a political science professor at UCLA, where he serves as director of the Nazarian Center for Israel Studies. He writes for publications including the Washington Post, Guardian, and Atlantic Monthly and is a frequent commentator on television and radio.

Nancy K. Kaufman served for many years as the CEO of the National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW) and for two decades as the executive director of the Jewish Community Relations Council of Boston. She is a senior advisor for the leadership team of SRE Network, a group of 150+ Jewish community organizations committed to safety, respect, and equity.

Dr. Lila Corwin Berman is a professor of history at Temple University in Philadelphia, where she directs the Feinstein Center for American Jewish History. She chairs the Academic Council of the American Jewish Historical Society and is a co-founder of the Jewish Philanthropy Research Initiative. Her current research examines the history of Jewish citizenship in the United States.

This is Spertus Institute’s annual
Alex and Klara Tulsky Presentation on the Jewish Future.

Thank you to sponsors AllianceBernstein and Levenfeld Pearlstein.