Anti-Semitism After October 7: Should We Be (More) Afraid?

Feb 25, 2024 1:00PM—2:30PM


Congregation Etz Chaim 34 Bacon St. Biddeford, ME 04005

Cost Free

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A presentation and discussion with Rabbi David Fox Sandmel, Ph.D.

Discussion of anti-Semitism has been a central component of the global response to the unfolding of events on and after October 7. In America and around the world, reports of anti-Semitic incidents are up. Jews are feeling afraid: For many, this is a new experience. Has something fundamentally changed, or is this a momentary spike that will eventually subside? Should we be afraid, and, if so, how afraid should we be?

Rabbi David Fox Sandmel, Ph.D., is an independent scholar specializing in interreligious/interfaith relations. He is past chair of the International Jewish Committee for Interreligious Relations, served for seven years as director of Interreligious Engagement at the Anti-Defamation League; held the Crown-Ryan Chair of Jewish Studies at the Catholic Theological Union in Chicago; and was the Jewish Scholar at the Institute for Christian & Jewish Studies in Baltimore. While working in Baltimore, he directed the publication of “Dabru Emet: A Jewish Statement on Christians and Christianity.”

Rabbi Sandmel presently resides in Portland and is currently serving as Scholar in Residence at the Maine Jewish Museum. He will be a visiting professor at the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome this spring.

This event is in-person only and is intended for a mature audience. It is sponsored with Community Education funds from the Sam L. Cohen Foundation

Security will be present, and preregistration required to attend.

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