Lila Corwin Berman, Maja Gildin Zuckerman, and Jacob Labendz join us for a roundtable discussion about the attacks at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh: how we can try to contextualize, historicize, and respond to it, and to the broader rise of political violence and antisemitism.
The attack at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh was shocking and horrific. In the days afterwards, we started thinking about how this podcast could serve as a platform for serious discussion about antisemitism, political violence, and our current world in historical perspective. Lila, Maja, and Jacob are all looking at different aspects of antisemitism, American Jewish history, and modern Jewish life in general, so we came together in the hope that we could contribute, through this roundtable, to a wider, ongoing conversation about what’s happening now.
Please note: Normally, new episodes of Jewish History Matters are posted every two weeks. There will also be a regularly-scheduled episode posted on Sunday Dec. 9, after which we will return to our biweekly publishing schedule.
Lila Corwin Berman is the Murray Friedman Chair of American Jewish History at Temple University, and she directs the Feinstein Center for American Jewish History there. After the shooting in Pittsburgh, Lila published an essay in the Washington Post titled “American Jews always believed the U.S. was exceptional. We were wrong.”
Maja GIldin Zuckerman is a Jim Joseph Postdoctoral Fellow at Stanford. She’s currently studying Jewish middle school students’ experiences and perception of inclusion and exclusion in the civil sphere today, focusing on how Jewish youth in both Europe and the US react to the general rise of antisemitism and terror.
Jacob Labendz is the Clayman Assistant Professor in the Department of History at Youngstown State University, where he directs the Center for Judaic and Holocaust Studies. His research focuses on the history of Jews in and from Central Europe after the Holocaust, and on topics related to antisemitism, nationalism, and migration. Jacob has been writing and speaking about the rise of the alt-right in the US and the cultures of extremist right-wing hate, xenophobia, and antisemitism on the internet.