Political and Geopolitical

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Political and Geopolitical
  • Antisemitism and College Campuses

    We hosted a conversation with Rabbi Fein, the Senior Director of Engagement at Columbia/Barnard Hillel. We invited our college students and their families to join us for this conversation about antisemitism on college campuses. This evening provided our students an opportunity to embrace their J...

  • Israel 101: A Wider Look at Israel Past and Present, Part 2

    Get a better understanding of the latest developments happening in Israel by learning about the history of Israel and its land, previous conflicts and peace agreements, and Israel’s relationship with neighboring countries in the Middle East.

  • Remarks from U.S. Representative Ritchie Torres

    During Kabbalat Shabbat services, Representative Torres explained why he is outspoken against antisemitism, and asks why others have chosen silence.

  • Remarks from Ted Deutch

    The CEO of the American Jewish Committee speaks to PAS on the importance of standing up for one another as the war in Israel affects the Jewish community in the U.S.

  • Israel 101: A Wider Look at Israel Past and Present

    Rabbis Solmsen and Zuckerman:

    Get a better understanding of the latest developments happening in Israel by learning about the history of Israel and its land, previous conflicts and peace agreements, and Israel’s relationship with neighboring countries in the Middle East.

  • Raz Betser: Insights From Israel

    Our Shlichim (Israeli Emissaries) spoke of her family's harrowing experience on Saturday, October 7 surviving the terrorist attack on Kibbutz Kfar Aza.

  • Michal Cotler-Wunsh, Israel’s Special Envoy For Combating Antisemitism

    During Kabbalat Shabbat, special guest Michal Cotler-Wunsh, LL.B, LL.M, shared remarks from the bimah about the sharp rise in antisemitism around the world since Hamas’ attack on Israel.

    “You are each boots on the ground . . . We have to combat antisemitism together.”

  • American Jewry and the War in Israel: What Do We Do Now?

    Rabbi Cosgrove, Bret Stephens, Editor-in-Chief of SAPIR, and Rachel Fish, co-founder of the nonprofit Boundless, discuss the geopolitical impact, the American Jewish communal implications, and our collective responsibilities during this crisis and beyond.

  • Making Sense of The Senseless: Finding Words In The Face Of Terror

    Dr. Richard Haass, president emeritus of the Council on Foreign Relations, joined Rabbi Cosgrove in a conversation about the war unfolding in Israel. including guidance for families in responding to this moment.

  • Israel at War and the Ensuing Antisemitism and Anti-Israelism it Has Unleashed

    Jonathan Greenblatt, CEO and National Director of ADL, confronts America's moral dilemma when it comes to calling out antisemitism and the attacks committed against Israel, but lets us know that, amidst the darkness, the dawn is coming.

  • How Can I Stand on the Sidelines?

    Mayor Eric Adams speaks to the PAS community on his deep connection to the Jewish community, combating antisemitism and hate, and breaking bread to create peace and understanding.

  • The Vatican, The Holocaust, and World War II: Uncovering the Secret History

    What did the Catholic Church, led by Pope Pius XII during World War II, know about the activities of Mussolini and Hitler, and what decisions were made by the church as Italy was enveloped in the war and the Holocaust unfolded throughout Europe? When faced with decisions of moral leadership, powe...

  • From the Front Lines: Combating Antisemitism Today

    With antisemitic incidents on the rise and making headlines yet again, understand the latest wave and how the Anti-Defamation League is working to combat it. Scott Richman, Director of the ADL’s New York/New Jersey region, and Rabbi Neil Zuckerman discuss the origins of some of the recent antisem...

  • The Merits (and Faults) of Meritocracy in America

    Merit, the recognition of excellence and skill, was historically the most important yardstick for American Jewish achievement in universities, employment, athletics, and more. These days, other values such as diversity and inclusion are increasingly playing a larger role. Is it time to rethink me...

  • Dialogue with Richard Haass

    Dr. Richard Haass will share his insights on current global issues and how we can better understand and relate to them. Dr. Haass is in his twentieth year as President of the Council on Foreign Relations, an institution dedicated to being a resource to help people better understand the world and ...

  • Back to the Polls: Breaking Down the Israeli Election

    As Israelis head back to the polls on November 1 for the fifth time in three years, David Halperin, CEO of Israel Policy Forum, will discuss with Rabbi Cosgrove, who the key players are, what to look out for in this round of voting, and what’s at stake.

    David A. Halperin is the chief executi...

  • Election Results: What's Next for Israel?

    As the results in the latest Israeli election are called and the majority parties attempt to form a new government, what does this mean for the future of Israeli politics and society? Times of Israel correspondent Jacob Magid and Rabbi Zuckerman discuss the wide-ranging impacts of this election b...

  • Period. End of Sentence.

    Learn about the critical issue of menstrual care access and education.

    In the US and worldwide, millions of girls and women around the world face an end to their education and career advancement because of stigma surrounding menstruation and lack of access to safe and clean products. Award winni...

  • Containing Multitudes: Gender, Identity, and Judaism

    In celebration of Pride Month, Dr. Joy Ladin, the first openly transgender professor at Yeshiva University, joined in discussion with Rabbi Cosgrove on gender, faith, and how Jewish communities can affirm diverse identities. A celebrated poet, Dr. Ladin has a unique approach to tackling questions...

  • Hatred on Trial: Justice in Charlottesville and Beyond

    This past fall, plaintiffs injured during the Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville, VA took many of the white supremacists involved to trial. The jury ultimately found the defendants responsible for substantive state offenses and liable for millions in damages. Hear two key perspectives on th...

  • Helping Ukraine's Masorti Community

    Alisa “Tzipi” Zilbershtein is a senior rabbinical student at the Jewish Theological Seminary who has lived in Kyiv, Ukraine. During services, Zilbershtein shared how the current situation affects the Jewish communities there and how we can help.

  • Discussion: Ukraine Briefing with Dr. Richard Haass and Rabbi Cosgrove

    Dr. Richard Haass, President of the Council on Foreign Relations, will break down the latest events in the Russian-Ukrainian conflict, its impact on the region, and the ripple effects throughout the world.

  • When Crisis Hits: Supporting the Jewish Community in Ukraine

    Last Friday during services, JDC CEO Ariel Zwang spoke about the growing humanitarian crisis in Ukraine – made ever more urgent by the events of the past few days – and discussed how the JDC is mobilizing to support the Jewish communities across the country.

  • Danielle Butin (UJA Shabbat 2022)

    We celebrate our long-standing relationship with UJA-Federation of NY with our annual UJA Shabbat, featuring remarks from guest speaker Danielle Butin, Founder and CEO of the Afya Foundation.