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May 3, 2024 59 mins

The Roots of Black Antisemitism with Coleman Hughes

Coleman Hughes joined Bret Stephens for a conversation on antisemitism in the black radical tradition. Hughes, the author of “Black Radicalism” in the recent Friends & Foes issue, analyzed the narratives driving rising antisemitism among black Americans — and how they can change. Plus, as a Columbia graduate, Hughes weighs in on recent developments on campus.

April 19, 2024 59 mins

Gen Z and Zionism: Is There a Future? with Ammiel Hirsch and Noam Weissman

In stark contrast to previous generations, younger American Jews are growing up increasingly disconnected from Israel and Zionism. What accounts for this shift? How durable is it? And what are the implications for tomorrow’s leaders of American Jewish communities? Rabbi Ammiel Hirsch of the Stephen Wise Free Synagogue and Dr. Noam Weissman of OpenDor Media discuss the future of Zionism among Gen Z.

April 3, 2024 59 MINS

An Insider’s Look: Israel and the Human-Rights Establishment

Former Human Rights Watch senior editor Danielle Haas sits down with SAPIR Editor-in-Chief Bret Stephens to discuss her recent essay, “The Human-Rights Establishment,” which chronicles years of behind-the-scenes experience and presents deep-seated concerns that human rights NGOs have become “increasingly hijacked by politics and dominated by groupthink.”

March 14, 2024 59 Mins

Jewish Life in Our Technological Future

The rapid ascent of artificial intelligence, augmented reality, and other technologies requires Jewish leaders to understand the dramatic effects these innovations will have on Jewish life and faith. Are we ready for this technological Jewish future? SAPIR Institute Director Chanan Weissman hosted a conversation with Rabbi Dr. Jacob J. Schacter of Yeshiva University and Dr. David Zvi Kalman of the Shalom Hartman Institute on what Jewish communal, philanthropic, and religious leaders must do to prepare for this new digital age.

February 2, 2024 61 MINS

Synagogue Leadership in Turbulent Times

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.