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JEWISH VALUES AND AMERICAN POLITICS WITH RABBI DAVID SAPERSTEIN AND DR. TEVI TROY

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How does the Jewish teaching to “welcome the stranger” apply to US immigration policy?

How should Jews balance economic freedom against economic justice?

Should the fight against antisemitism stress the distinctive aspects of hate against Jews or its intersectional relation with other forms of hate?

How should growing concerns of many Jews about Israel regarding the Palestinians, proposed judicial reforms and questions about the treatment of non-Orthodox Jewry affect US support for Israel?

Does following Jewish tradition and supporting our community lead one to advocate progressive or conservative policies?

The Democratic or Republican Party — which has better reflected Jewish values and served Jewish interests?

At a moment when political differences have become partisan Grand Canyons and a momentous 2024 election is approaching, two of American Jewry’s most prominent social policy thinkers will join us to debate such issues.

In the spirit of the Talmudic teaching of Eilu v’Eilu, principled disagreement, Rabbi David Saperstein, a Reform Jewish leader and former Obama appointee, and Dr. Tevi Troy, an Orthodox Jew who served in the Bush administration, will model the type of respectful discord all too uncommon in these contentious times . . . and explore how we might forge a Jewish path to greater bipartisan cooperation and tolerance.

Best-selling author, Dr. Tevi Troy formerly served as a senior White House aide, Deputy Secretary of HHS and Liaison to the Jewish Community in the Bush administration. The author of four books on the presidency, he is currently Senior Fellow at the Bipartisan Policy Center and a Visiting Fellow at the Mercatus Center.

For decades, Rabbi David Saperstein served as Director of the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism. In 2014, he was appointed by President Obama to serve as the first non-Christian US Ambassador-at-Large for International Religious Freedom. Between 2019 and 2020, he served as President of the World Union for Progressive Judaism.

Thursday, March 7, 2024 | 6:30 PM Eastern

 

 

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