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Bari Weiss to Speak at Temple Beth El

SPRINGFIELD – Journalist and author Bari Weiss will be the keynote speaker at the Annual Bill & Lynn Foggle Great Issues Lecture Series at Temple Beth El on Sunday, May 3 at 4 p.m. Weiss will discuss “What Does the Fight Against Anti-Semitism Mean for All Americans?”

The program will begin with a reception with the speaker and refreshments; the lecture will begin at 4:30 p.m.

Bari Weiss is an op-ed staff editor and writer at the New York Times, who writes about culture and politics. 

Weiss gave the powerful speech “I Am A Jew.” at the No Hate, No Fear Solidarity March in New York on Jan. 5, protesting the outbreak of anti-Semitism acts in New York and beyond. 

Weiss was an op-ed and book review editor at The Wall Street Journal before joining the Times in 2017. She has also worked at Tablet, the online magazine of Jewish politics and culture. She is a native of Pittsburgh and graduated from Columbia University in 2007. Her first book, How to Fight Anti-Semitism, was published in 2019.

In her talk at Temple Beth El she will address the fight against anti-Semitism and why it is so important for Jews, but also for our broader nation. The fight against anti-Semitism is a symptom of an increasingly expansive set of intolerant beliefs that are sweeping the nation. Weiss will discuss the dynamics that underpin this phenomenon and explain what it means for Jews but also the country and how we can counteract this pervasive form of hate. Her book will be available to purchase and for autographs at the event.

Through the Foggles’ generous gift, the annual lecture series attracts a world-class speaker annually who stimulates thought and lively exploration of ideas about today’s most challenging global issues.

For more information, call (413) 733-4149.

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