The 2016 Presidential Election and the Jewish Community: A Brandeis Conversation

Thursday, January 19, 2017
5:00-6:30 p.m.
Barbara Mandel Auditorium
Mandel Center for the Humanities

Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton

The presidential election in November was and remains a startling political event. To be sure, the Jewish community, and the Brandeis community, and the Jewish community at Brandeis, are all politically diverse, and we respect and cherish that diversity. Nevertheless, we should not pretend that the election of Donald Trump was simply political business as usual.

For the Jewish community, the election raises a particular set of questions, around anti-Semitism and the rise of the alt-right, around minority and immigrant rights, around domestic and foreign policy including Israel and the middle east, and most fundamentally, around the health of our democratic institutions and our democratic culture.

Many of these questions are also the focus of other conversations, as they should be. But this event will provide a space for the Brandeis Jewish community, in particular, as well as friends and colleagues from outside the Jewish community.

Participants will include:

  • Mark Brimhall-Vargas (Chief Diversity Officer)
  • Professor Sylvia Barack Fishman (NEJS)
  • Deryn Harbin (Heller School ’17)
  • Isaac Kurtz (’19)
  • Professor Jon A. Levisohn (NEJS, Mandel Center for Studies in Jewish Education)
  • Professor Len Saxe (Heller)
  • Rabbi Charlie Schwartz (Chaplaincy and OHSP)
  • Professor Ellen Smith (Hornstein)
  • Professor Stephen Whitfield (AMST)