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February 2, 2024 61 MINS

Synagogue Leadership in Turbulent Times with Rabbi Elliot J. Cosgrove and Rabbi Rachel Isaacs

SAPIR Institute Director Chanan Weissman hosted a conversation about the future of synagogue leadership in a time of disruption with Rabbi Elliot J. Cosgrove of Park Avenue Synagogue in New York City and Rabbi Rachel Isaacs of the Center for Small Town Jewish Life in Maine. They explored the shock of the October 7 attacks, the long-term structural changes brought on by the Covid pandemic, and their visions for the synagogue in a digital age.

January 11, 2024 58 MINS

Disinformation, Gruesome Images, and the Digital Fog of War

Sapir Institute Director Chanan Weissman was joined by Tehilla Shwartz Altshuler, senior fellow at the Israel Democracy Institute, and Zvika Krieger, former director of responsible innovation at Meta, for a conversation about their recent essays in Sapir’s Technology issue. They explored how the virality of unsubstantiated information on social media is impacting perspectives on the Israel-Hamas war.

December 20, 2023

The Israel–Hamas War and the Future of the U.S.-Israel Relationship

The Hamas attack of October 7 was widely viewed within Israel as a paradigm-shifting moment. One month later, how does Israel’s military brass and political leadership view its strategic objectives? What will the long-term impact of this war be on Israel’s future — and on its relationship with the United States? Margaret Hoover, host of Firing Line with Margaret Hoover on PBS, interviewed Bret Stephens about his recent trip to Israel.

December 18, 2023 58 mins

The Israel–Hamas War and the Battle over Free Speech on Campus

Sapir Institute Director Chanan Weissman hosted a conversation about the conflict over free speech on college campuses with Nadine Strossen, a senior fellow at the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE), and Ilya Shapiro, the director of constitutional studies at the Manhattan Institute. Strossen and Kenneth S. Stern co-authored “SJP Still Deserves Freedom of Speech” in Sapir‘s War in Israel special edition, while Shapiro recently published “Where Free Speech Ends and Lawbreaking Begins” in The Free Press.

November 21, 2023 61 MINS

The Israel–Hamas War and the Future of Zionism

Sapir Institute Director Chanan Weissman was joined by Einat Wilf, former member of the Israeli Knesset for the Labor Party, and Michael Koplow, chief policy officer of the Israel Policy Forum (IPF). They discussed the short- and long-term impacts and implications of the October 7 attacks on Israeli and American conceptions of Zionism.

November 13, 2023 55 mins

The Israel–Hamas War and the Ethos of Jewish Peoplehood

Sapir Institute Director Chanan Weissman was joined by Rabbi David Wolpe, visiting scholar at Harvard Divinity School and the Max Webb Emeritus Rabbi at Sinai Temple in Los Angeles, and Dr. Mijal Bitton, a research fellow at the Shalom Hartman Institute and rosh kehillah at the Downtown Minyan in New York City. They discuss their recent Sapir essays — Wolpe’s “Wisdom in the Face of Destruction” and Bitton’s “That Pain You’re Feeling is Peoplehood“ — and delve into how Jewish tradition conceptualizes the responsibilities of the Jewish collective in a time of war.

November 2, 2023 60 MINS

The Israel–Hamas War and the Future of American Progressive Coalitions

Sapir Institute Director Chanan Weissman interviewed Sheila Katz, CEO of the National Council of Jewish Women, and Joel Rubin, a longtime leader in progressive foreign policy and Jewish communities about “The Israel–Hamas War and the Future of American Progressive Coalitions.” They discussed the challenges and complexities of navigating progressive communities and coalitions in the aftermath of the Hamas massacre of October 7.

October 26, 2023 58 MINS

Israel’s War and the Diaspora

Chanan Weissman, director of the Sapir Institute, and Yehuda Kurtzer, president of the Shalom Hartman Institute, discuss Yehuda’s recent trip to Israel, the deep trauma facing Israelis and Jews in the Diaspora, and the ethical considerations of Israel’s military campaign against Hamas.

October 20, 2023 76 mins

American Jewry and the War in Israel: What Do We Do Now?

Editor-in-Chief Bret Stephens, Rabbi Elliot Cosgrove of Park Avenue Synagogue, and Rachel Fish, co-founder of the nonprofit Boundless, discuss the geopolitical impact of the war in Israel, the implications for the American Jewish community, and our collective responsibilities during this crisis and beyond. This Conversation is presented in partnership with Park Avenue Synagogue.

October 12, 2023 55 mins

War in Israel: What Will Stop the Islamic Republic of Iran?

As the war in Israel continues, Editor-in-Chief Bret Stephens is joined by Sapir author Reuel Marc Gerecht, senior fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, to discuss and contextualize Hamas’ attacks with developments in the broader region, offering a perspective on the consequences of Iran’s aggression and sponsorship of terrorism. They discuss what to expect as the conflict unfolds in the coming days and weeks.