Breakfast and check-in
Liberal and Illiberal Arts—and the Jews
Abraham Socher is the founding editor of the Jewish Review of Books and a professor emeritus of Jewish studies and religion at Oberlin College. Last year, he coedited an annotated edition of The Autobiography of Solomon Maimon, which was a finalist for a National Jewish Book Award.
Luciana Berger and Bari Weiss
Antisemitism in America and Great Britain: A Conversation
Luciana Berger was a member of Parliament from 2010 until 2019. She served as the parliamentary chair of the Jewish Labour Movement and was among the most prominent critics of the head of the Labour Party, Jeremy Corbyn, for the party’s indifference to antisemitism. In 2019, Berger resigned from the Labour Party. She is currently a vice president of the Jewish Leadership Council of Great Britain.
Bari Weiss is an op-ed staff editor and writer for the New York Times, which she joined in 2017 after working at the Wall Street Journal and Tablet magazine. Her first book, How to Fight Anti-Semitism, is a current bestseller. It grew, in part, out of her widely read column “When a Terrorist Comes to Your Hometown,” about the massacre at the Tree of Life synagogue.
The Future of Israeli Democracy
Martin Kramer is the Washington Institute’s Koret Distinguished Fellow and was the founding president of Shalem College in Israel, where he currently chairs the Middle Eastern and Islamic studies department. He has taught and published widely and is the author of Ivory Towers on Sand: The Failure of Middle Eastern Studies in America.
Ruth R. Wisse to Receive the Inaugural JRB Prize for Jewish Cultural Excellence
Leon R. Kass and Rabbi Meir Soloveichik
Exodus: The Peak of Wisdom
Leon R. Kass, MD, is the Addie Clark Harding Professor Emeritus in the Committee on Social Thought and the College at the University of Chicago. He was the chairman of the President’s Council on Bioethics from 2001 to 2005 and is the author of several influential books, including The Beginning of Wisdom: Reading Genesis. He is currently working on a book on Exodus.
Rabbi Meir Y. Soloveichik is director of the Zahava and Moshael Straus Center for Torah and Western Thought at Yeshiva University and the rabbi of Congregation Shearith Israel, the oldest Jewish congregation in the United States. He has lectured throughout the United States, Europe, and Israel, and writes a monthly column for Commentary magazine.
The Surprises of Israeli Culture
Micah Goodman is one of Israel’s leading public intellectuals. A trenchant scholar and social critic, he has been instrumental in bringing the classics of Jewish thought into the Israeli public sphere. His most recent book, not yet available in English, is Chazara b’li teshuvah, an account of the return to tradition in Israeli secular culture and the secular-religious divide in present-day Israel.
Wine and hors d’oeuvres reception
Frequently Asked Questions
Yes. Breakfast, lunch, and all refreshments served at the conference will be OU-certified kosher.
The conference is taking place at the Museum of Jewish Heritage on Battery Place in downtown Manhattan. The site is accessible by public transportation and conveniently located to several parking garages for those who choose to drive. The full address is:
Museum of Jewish Heritage
Edmond J. Safra Plaza
36 Battery Place, New York, NY 10280
A comprehensive list of directions by public and private transport can be found at the museum’s website.
For those flying in for the conference, Newark Liberty International Airport (NJ), John F. Kennedy Airport (NYC), and LaGuardia Airport (NYC) are all suitable options. Please note that LaGuardia is undergoing renovations, and visitors may be subject to extended delays when entering or leaving the airport.