Extremism on the table in symposium

Lehrhaus Judaica will present the symposium “Jewish Life in an Era of Extremism,” which will explore the intersection of anti-Zionism and anti-Semitism in the modern world.

The all-afternoon event, which includes workshops and presentations by scholars, journalists and Jewish community professionals, takes place from 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 24 at the Osher Marin JCC in San Rafael.

The symposium will feature discussions about the possible causes of rising worldwide anti-Semitism, the relationship between anti-Zionism and anti-Semitism in Europe, the Middle East and the United States, and to what extent voices of moderation have been marginalized. It will also look into Jewish extremism in Israel.

Speakers include Joby Warrick, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of “Black Flags: The Rise of ISIS,” Jewish Community Relations Council Associate Director Abby Porth and journalist Gunda Trepp, who will discuss Germany’s extremism crisis. Also on hand, San Francisco State University Jewish studies professor Eran Kaplan, who will discuss Jewish extremism in Israel, and historian-author Fred Rosenbaum, who will explore the ongoing anti-Jewish violence in France. Facilitators are Rabbi Peretz Wolf-Prusan, Rachel Eryn Kalish and SFSU Jewish studies professor Fred Astren.

The program is supported by the Ingrid D. Tauber Philanthropic Fund, the Koret Foundation and the Eda and Joseph Pell Foundation. It is presented in partnership with the JCC’s Center for Jewish Peoplehood. Co-sponsors include congregations Rodef Sholom and Kol Shofar, Brandeis Marin and the JCRC. Admission is free, but preregistration is encouraged. The JCC is located at 200 N. San Pedro Road. For information, call (415) 444-8000 or visit www.lehrhaus.org.