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An Evening with Peter Beinart: The Crisis of Zionism
The Hillside Club
Berkeley, CA
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An Evening with Peter Beinart: The Crisis of Zionism
KPFA Radio 94.1FM presents

TUESDAY, APRIL 17  - 7:30 pm
The Hillside Club
2286 Cedar Street, Berkeley
$12 advance tickets: : 800-838-3006
or: Pegasus Books (3 locations), Mrs. Dalloway's, Moe's Books, Walden Pond, DIESEL, A Bookstore, in SF - Modern Times Bookstore  ($15 door)
Co-sponsored by Jewish Voice for Peace and Jewish Community Center of the East Bay
Information: www.kpfa.org/events

Peter Beinart lays out in chilling detail how today's Jews are failing at both challenges and how the next generation must embrace the liberal Zionist dreamthe dream of a state that safeguards the Jewish people and cherishes democratic ideals. Beinart asserts that American Jews identify with the victimhood of their religion rather than the Israeli democracy, and young Jewish people today have not examined the West Bank and Gaza political situation correctly. Beinart argues his case through a fascinating, groundbreaking portrait of the two leaders at the center of the crisis: Barack Obama, America's first "Jewish president," a man steeped in the liberalism he learned from his many Jewish friends and mentors in Chicago, and Benjamin Netanyahu, the Israeli prime minister who considers liberalism the Jewish people's special curse. These two men embody fundamentally different visions not just of American and Israeli national interests, but the very mission of the Jewish people. Beinart concludes with provocative proposals for how the relationship between American Jews and Israel must change.  With an eloquent and moving appeal, he calls for American Jews to defend the dream of a democratic Jewish state before it is too late.

Peter Beinart is the author of The Icarus Syndrome and The Good Fight. A former editor of The New Republic, he is a senior political writer for The Daily Beast and the editor-in-chief of Zion Square, a blog about Israel and the Jewish future at thedailybeast.com. He is an associate professor of journalism and political science at the City University of New York and a senior fellow at The New America Foundation. He lives with his family in New York City.

"Peter Beinart has written a deeply important book for anyone who cares about Israel, its security, its democracy, and its prospects for a just and lasting peace. Beinart explains the roots of the current political and religious debates within Israel, raises the tough questions that can't be avoided, and offers a new way forward to achieve Zionism's founding ideals, both in Israel and among the diaspora Jews in the United States and elsewhere."       --President Bill Clinton

Penny Rosenwasser works as Special Events Coordinator for Middle East Children's Alliance. In 1992 she published a book of interviews, "Voices from a 'Promised Land': Palestinians and Israeli Peace Activists Speak Their Hearts." Penny has led four women's peace delegations to Palestine/Israel, and produced and hosted many radio programs on these issues. She has toured the country with her slide show, "The Face of Reoccupation." She is active with Bay Area Women in Black and is on the board of Jewish Voice for Peace. Penny has been a long-time organizer and facilitator of workshops on anti-racism, homophobia and anti-Semitism. Her dissertation was on the psychological effects of Jewish oppression on Jews.


The Hillside Club (View)
2286 Cedar St
Berkeley, CA 94709
United States



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