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"The Crisis of Zionism" by Peter Beinart
Tuesday, Nov 27th, 2012 12:30 PM

One East 65th Street
Open to all Temple members
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Israel’s next great crisis may come not with the Palestinians or Iran but with young American Jews.

a DRAMATIC SHIFT is taking place in Israel and America. In Israel, the deepening occupation of the West Bank is putting Israeli democracy at risk. In the United States, the refusal of major Jewish organizations to defend democracy in the Jewish state is alienating many young liberal Jews from Zionism itself. In the next generation, the liberal Zionist dream — the dream of a state that safeguards the Jewish people and cherishes democratic ideals — may die.

In The Crisis of Zionism, Peter Beinart lays out in chilling detail the looming danger to Israeli democracy and the American Jewish establishment’s refusal to confront it. And he offers a fascinating, groundbreaking portrait of the two leaders at the center of the crisis: Barack Obama, America’s first “Jewish president,” a man steeped in the liberalism he learned from his many Jewish friends and mentors in Chicago; and Benjamin Netanyahu, the Israeli prime minister who considers liberalism the Jewish people’s special curse. These two men embody fundamentally different visions not just of American and Israeli national interests but of the mission of the Jewish people itself.

Beinart concludes with provocative proposals for how the relationship between American Jews and Israel must change, and with an eloquent and moving appeal for American Jews to defend the dream of a democratic Jewish state before it is too late.

(Source: Author’s website)


PETER BEINART is editor of the Daily Beast blog “Open Zion,” which fosters an open and unafraid conversation about Israel, Palestine and the Jewish future. He also is an associate professor of journalism and political science at the City University of New York, senior political writer for The Daily Beast-Newsweek and a Schwartz Senior Fellow at the New America Foundation. His first book, The Good Fight: Why Liberals — and Only Liberals — Can Win the War on Terror and Make America Great Again, was published by HarperCollins in 2006. His second book, The Icarus Syndrome: A History of American Hubris, was published by HarperCollins in 2010.

Beinart has written for The New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, The Financial Times, the Boston Globe, the Atlantic, Time, Slate, Reader’s Digest, Die Zeit, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung and Polity: The Journal of the Northeastern Political Science Studies Association. The Week magazine named him columnist of the year for 2004. In 2005, he delivered the Theodore H. White Lecture at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government. He has appeared on NBC’s “Meet the Press,” ABC’s “This Week,” “Charlie Rose,” “The McLaughlin Group,” “The Colbert Report,” MTV, CNN, Fox, MSNBC, and many other television and radio programs.

Beinart graduated from Yale University in 1993, winning a Rhodes scholarship for graduate study at Oxford University. After graduating from University College, Oxford, with an M.Phil in international relations, he became The New Republic’s managing editor in 1995 and senior editor in 1997. From 1999 to 2006 he served as the magazine’s editor. He also served as a senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations from 2007 to 2009.

He lives in New York with his wife and two children.




Open to all members of the Temple, our discussion will be held in the sixth-floor lounge of the Marvin and Elisabeth Cassell Community House. Dr. Mark Weisstuch will lead our discussion. Enter at One East 65th Street. Feel free to bring your lunch. Coffee and cookies will be served. RSVP to (212) 744-1400, ext. 235, or send a message.


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