New Podcast: Artistic Expression and Israel

What is the appropriate balance between presenting for an American audience, Israeli art that is critical of the society and art which celebrates it? This conversation was part of the Washington DCJCC’s Embracing Democracy series and took place on February 18, 2014.  Listen using the media player below or right-click on this link to download it.


Artistic Expression and Israel

Panelists:
Dror Moreh, Academy Award-nominated director of The Gatekeepers
Linda Gradstein, Middle East Bureau Chief for TheMediaLine.org and former NPR Jerusalem Correspondent
Leon Wieseltier, Literary Editor of The New Republic

New Podcast: Examining the History of 1948

The creation of the State of Israel and its subsequent victory over the assembled Arab armies arrayed against it was widely regarded as a modern miracle in 1948. Coming after the trauma of the Shoah and fulfilling an ancient longing for a return to Zion made for a heroic moment in Israeli and Jewish consciousness. In the years since, different historians have helped to uncover the more complex history of the war and its aftermath, even as that history has become an object of political debate. Our panel will discusses the developments in the historical research of 1948, the uses of that history and its impact on contemporary political discussions. This event took place on January 22, 2014 at Adas Israel Congregation as a part of Embracing Democracy. Use the player below to listen to the podcast or download it by right-clicking on this link.


Panel Picture

Left to Right: Dahlia Lithwick, Shay Hazkani, Professor Donna Robinson Divine, Dr. Yehuda Kurtzer

Moderator:
Dahlia Lithwick, senior editor at Slate. Her work has appeared in the New York Times, Harper’s, The New Yorker, The Washington Post, and Commentary, among other places.
Panelists Include:
Professor Donna Robinson Divine, Morningstar Family Foundation Professor of Government and Director of Middle East Studies at Smith College
Shay Hazkani, Visiting Scholar at Berkeley Institute for Jewish Law and Israeli Law, Economy and Society
Dr. Yehuda Kurtzer, President of the Shalom Hartman Institute of North America

New Podcast: Ari Shavit in-conversation with Leon Wieseltier

Leon Wieseltier and Ari ShavitAri Shavit’s newest book, The New York Times bestseller My Promised Land: The Triumph and Tragedy of Israel is a thoughtful meditation on Israel’s history, politics and crucial national questions. Drawing on interviews, historical documents, private diaries, and letters, as well as his own family’s story, Shavit illuminates the pivotal moments of the Zionist century to tell a riveting narrative that is both personal and national. Shavit is joined in conversation with Leon Wieseltier, literary editor of the New Republic. This event was held on January 22 at Adas Israel Congregation as a part of the Washington DCJCC’s continuing series Embracing Democracy. You listen using the player below or download it by right-clicking on this link.


New Podcast: Debbie Wasserman Schultz

For the Next GenerationHear Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz speak on October 16–the day Congress voted to end the shutdown.

Congresswoman and Democratic National Committee Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz challenges America to resolve the toughest issues of our day for the sake of our children. An owner’s manual for America’s democracy, For the Next Generation explains the challenges facing America today, how we got here, and how we can and must move beyond our differences for our children—the next generation.

Debbie Wasserman Schultz has been a member of the U.S. House of Representatives from South Florida since 2005. Schultz was the first Jewish woman elected to represent Florida in the U.S. Congress. She became chairperson of the Democratic National Committee in 2011.   

“Debbie Wasserman Schultz’s personal stories in For the Next Generation reveal a woman with the grit of a fighter, the courage of a leader, and the heart of a mom.  If you want to ensure a better world for your children and grandchildren, you cannot help but be inspired by this book.” -Carole King, singer, songwriter, environmental activist

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Debbie Wasserman Schultz Podcast

New Podcast: Jonathan Schanzer

State of Failure-SchanzerTo many supporters of Palestinian statehood, Israel is the main roadblock to independence. But Jonathan Schanzer, an expert on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, argues that the Palestinian Authority’s political dysfunction and corruption are the true threat to a Palestinian state. Schanzer’s exploration of internal Palestinian politics highlights the reforms necessary to bring the Palestinians peace, prosperity and stability.

Jonathan Schanzer is the vice president for research at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies and the author of Hamas vs. Fatah. He previously worked at the U.S. Department of the Treasury, the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, the Jewish Policy Center and the Middle East Forum.

“Jonathan Schanzer’s account of the latent and then open civil war between the Palestinian Authority and the Fatah faction and Hamas is a long-overdue account of the importance of Palestinian politics on the politics of making peace.” —Jerusalem Post on Hamas vs. Fatah

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Jonathan Schanzer Podcast

New Podcast: Ben Urwand

The Collaboration-UrwandProfessor Jenna Joselit interviews scholar Ben Urwand about his controversial new book, The Collaboration: Hollywood’s Pact with Hitler. Urwand tells the astonishing story of Hollywood’s dealings with Nazi Germany. Throughout the 1930s Hollywood studies abandoned or changed movies that would have exposed the horrors of Nazism in order to keep the German market open for American films. Urwand draws on a wealth of archival documents—including Hitler’s own notes on American movies—to reveal the shocking history of Hollywood’s collaboration.

Ben Urwand attended the University of Sydney. He worked in the film industry during and after college, but left it to pursue his PhD in Cinema and Media Studies at the University of Chicago. He later transferred to the History program at the University of California, Berkeley. Urwand was elected a junior fellow of the Harvard Society of Fellows in 2011.

Jenna Weissman Joselit is the Charles E. Smith Professor of Judaic Studies & Professor of History at The George Washington University, where she also directs its Program in Judaic Studies and its MA in Jewish Cultural Arts.

“Full of startling and surprising revelations, presented in exemplary fashion, without any moralizing or sensationalism. The Collaboration shows how Hollywood and especially the big studios went along with German demands to censor movies not only before but especially after the Nazi seizure of power.”  – Richard J. Evans

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Ben Urwand Podcast

New Podcast: Mark Cohen

Overweight Sensation-CohenMark Cohen, author of Overweight Sensation: The Life and Comedy of Allan Sherman, shares stories and clips from Sherman’s exciting yet brief career.

Hear long-lost parodies of Broadway favorites! Fifty years ago Allan Sherman released his megahit song “Hello Muddah, Hello Fadduh,” and a comedy legend was born. Sherman changed American comedy and popular culture, bringing ethnicity into the mainstream. Mark Cohen, the leading expert on Sherman, was given exclusive access to Sherman’s papers, recordings and interviews to write this first biography of the groundbreaking song parodist.

Mark Cohen is a writer, editor, and journalist specializing in American Jewish culture. His previous books include Missing a Beat: The Rants and Regrets of Seymour Krim, and Last Century of a Sephardic Community. He lives in the San Francisco Bay Area.

“Allan Sherman was the original. . . . Before Forbidden Broadway, before Weird Al Yankovic, there was Allan Sherman—brilliant wit, satirist beyond compare, and stand-up comic with a melody.”—Jason Alexander, actor

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Mark Cohen Podcast

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