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2019 JCRC Annual Event
Antisemitism: Here and Now featuring Deborah Lipstadt

Sunday, June 2, 2019

5:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Hyatt Regency Minneapolis
1300 Nicollet Mall
Minneapolis, MN 55403

Parking available in Hyatt Ramp

Please join the JCRC on Sunday, June 2 at its 2019 Annual Event featuring Deborah Lipstadt.

Deborah Lipstadt, award-winning author of The Eichmann Trial and Denial: Holocaust History on Trial, in her new book, Antisemitism: Here and Now, gives us a penetrating and provocative analysis of the hate that will not die, focusing on its current, virulent incarnations on both the political right and left: from white supremacist demonstrators in Charlottesville, Virginia, to mainstream enablers of antisemitism, to a gay pride march in Chicago that expelled a group of women for carrying a Star of David banner.

For more details about the JCRC's 2019 Annual Event or for sponsorship or ticket opportunities, please contact Lisa or Ruth at 612-338-7816 or email:

Event Agenda:

5:00 p.m. – Cocktail Reception for Dinner Guests
6:00 p.m. – Reserved Seated Dinner (Dietary Laws Observed)
6:45 p.m. – Doors Open for Reserved Seating/Dessert Only and General Admission
7:00 p.m. – Program and Keynote Speaker

A Conversation Series on Deborah Lipstadt's Antisemitism: Here and Now

Presented in partnership with Community Learning @ The WELL


Session 2: Tuesday, April 30 // [NEW TIME] 6:00 - 9:00 PM (dinner will be served)

Chapters 1-3 (Antisemitism: A Conversation; A Taxonomy of the Antisemite; and Contextualizing Antisemitism)

Facilitated by Sally Abrams, JCRC Speakers Bureau Co-Director

Chapters 4 & 5 ("Yes, But" Rationalizing Evil; Holocaust Denial: From Hard-Core to Soft-Core)

Facilitated by George Dalbo, Ph.D. Candidate, University of Minnesota Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies

Session 3: Wednesday, May 22 // 7:00 - 8:30 PM

Chapters 6 & 7 (The Campus and Beyond; Oy Versus Joy: Rejecting Victimhood)

Facilitated by Sami Rahamim and Emma Dunn. Sami is Public Affairs and Communications Associate at the JCRC and Emma (MPP, '19) is a student leader and progressive activist at the University of Minnesota.

2019 Yom HaShoah Commemoration
Never again begins with ME.

Thursday, May 2, 2019

7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Bet Shalom Congregation
13613 Orchard Road
Minnetonka, MN 55305

Limited on-site parking plus easy offsite parking at Hopkins West Junior High (5-minute walk or free shuttle).

This event is free of charge and open to the public. For more information, please email

The Yom HaShoah Commemoration is co-sponsored by the Jewish Community Relations Council of Minnesota and the Dakotas, Children of Holocaust Survivors Association in Minnesota (CHAIM), Bet Shalom Congregation, Minneapolis Jewish Federation, St. Paul Jewish Federation, Generations After MN, and the Micki and Mort Naiman Holocaust Education Fund.

The State of Hate
Examining the Rise of Anti-Semitism and Islamophobia

Thursday, May 9, 2019

7:00 PM

Temple Israel
2323 Fremont Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN 55405

This event is free and open to the public.
For more information, contact Wendy Schwartz at or 612-374-0344.

A Ramadan iftar (break-the-fast meal) will follow.

The past few years have seen a steady increase in hate speech and incidents aimed at Jews and Muslims. This event will feature national and local presenters who will share their study of, and experiences with, Islamophobia and anti-Semitism.

George Selim, a Senior Vice President of the Anti-Defamation League, who served the White House and Department of Homeland Security as an adviser on extremism under Presidents Bush, Obama, and Trump, will share the latest data on national and local hate incidents a ecting Jews, Muslims, and other often-targeted groups. We will also hear from Asma Jama, a local social justice activist, and Steve Hunegs, Executive Director of the Jewish Community Relations Council of Minnesota and the Dakotas.

Together, we will examine the roots of bias and modern-day forms of anti-Semitism and Islamophobia. We will discuss how we can recognize and diminish bias, discrimination, and hate as a community.

Trauma, Security, and Faith:
Jewish Perspectives on Gun Violence

Friday, May 10, 2019

11:00 AM - 12:30 PM

Jewish Family and Children's Service of Minneapolis
5905 Golden Valley Road
Golden Valley, MN 55422

What are some of the ways gun violence impacts our communities? How can we work together to address this epidemic?

Jewish Community Relations Council of Minnesota and the Dakotas (JCRC), National Council of Jewish Women - Minnesota (NCJW), and Jewish Family and Children's Service of Minneapolis (JFCS) are proud to present a panel discussion offering Jewish perspectives on gun violence from several unique angles. We will also learn what advocacy opportunities exist for those who wish to get involved in addressing gun violence and its impact on our communities.

Panelists include:
Rabbi Jill Crimmings | Associate Rabbi, Bet Shalom Congregation
Chief Mike Goldstein | Police Chief and Public Safety Director, City of Plymouth
Mark Kaufman | MSW and LICSW, JFCS

Introduction and facilitation by Sami Rahamim, Public Affairs and Communications Associate at JCRC. Advocacy overview by Lori Weissman, co-chair of NCJW - MN gun violence prevention sub-committee.

Light Kosher-style lunch will be provided. Please email with any questions.

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