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43 minutes | Jun 14, 2021
#59: The Canadian Jewish Difference
Yehuda Kurtzer and David Koffman (York University) chart out the unique questions that face Canadian Jews as citizens of a binational, bilingual, self-described settler state, and the way those questions inform their communal Zionism, continuity, and scholarship.
47 minutes | Jun 8, 2021
#58: How to Lose Without Violence
Joel Braunold (S. Daniel Abraham Center for Middle East Peace) joins Yehuda Kurtzer to talk about peace-making in the middle east: its preconditions, the person to person work that might enable it, and the uncomfortable truth that "peace" might mean - for everyone - " to agree to lose non-violently."
53 minutes | Jun 2, 2021
#57: Learning How to Listen
Yona Shem-Tov and Leah Solomon of Encounter join Yehuda Kurtzer to talk about what Israeli and American Jews aren't seeing, what is simple and what is complicated about the ongoing conflict, and how to listen and speak more courageously.
53 minutes | May 24, 2021
#56: American Zionism is at a Crossroads
In this episode, Ethan Tucker (Hadar Institute) joins host Yehuda Kurtzer to reflect on American Zionism’s long-term development and generational differences in the response to this moment of crisis. What are they grounded in? What has changed? And, what is the way forward for the American Jewish community?
35 minutes | May 5, 2021
#55: The Scandals and the Journalist
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 sexual behavior in Jewish communal settings.
48 minutes | Apr 27, 2021
#54: White Supremacy, Policing, and the Jews
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 policing.
50 minutes | Apr 20, 2021
#53: The Archvillain of the American Jewish Experience
Bernie Madoff died in prison last week. In this week’s episode, Yehuda Kurtzer speaks with Felix Salmon (Axios, Slate Money) and Ben Sales (JTA) about his crimes and victims, and with Alicia Jo Rabins about her recent film, A Kaddish for Bernie Madoff.
65 minutes | Apr 15, 2021
#52: The Israeli Jewish Music Episode
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.
44 minutes | Apr 8, 2021
#51: Genocide, Antisemitism, and the Nomenclature of Hatred
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/ The Jerusalem Declaration on Antisemitism: https://jerusalemdeclaration.org/
55 minutes | Mar 22, 2021
#50: The American Jewish Music Episode
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 Other Songs Discussed:Im Hashem Lo Yivneh Bayis: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ckVYO9oI8vcLmaancha with Ben Shapiro: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GQ-Km7RfBEs
35 minutes | Mar 15, 2021
#49: PJ Library: Children's Books, Grown-up Opinions
Guest host David Zvi Kalman asks Meredith Lewis (PJ Library) about how PJ Library works, how the organization is responding to criticism, and what the future of Jewish children's literature might look like.
41 minutes | Mar 8, 2021
#48: Why Wasn't There a Jewish Institutional Apocalypse?
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.
47 minutes | Mar 1, 2021
#47: Our Pandemic Year: The Inner Life of Jewish Spaces
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.
49 minutes | Feb 22, 2021
#46: What is at the Center of American Religion?
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.
49 minutes | Feb 16, 2021
#45: Does Antisemitism Need a Legal Definition?
Stacy Burdett joins host Yehuda Kurtzer to dig deep into the IHRA definition of antisemitism she helped craft, which is currently causing waves in the American Jewish community - what it is, what it isn't, and where it came from.
41 minutes | Feb 9, 2021
#44: How California Jews Grappled with a New Curriculum
Sarah Levin (JIMENA) and Tye Gregory (JCRC of San Francisco) join Yehuda Kurtzer to discuss the years of work that their organizations have done on the California Ethnic Studies model curriculum, and the controversy that erupted in the national Jewish press last week.
38 minutes | Feb 1, 2021
#43: Nostalgic Religion, Religious Nostalgia
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.
46 minutes | Jan 26, 2021
#42: The First 100 Days – and the Last 1,400
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.
44 minutes | Jan 19, 2021
#41: Vaccines and Politics
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 Identity/Crisis is produced by the Shalom Hartman Institute in association with the Jewish Telegraphic Agency
42 minutes | Jan 8, 2021
#40: The American Idea, Tested
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 Applebaum's December 2019 essay, "How America Ends," here.
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