Head of Milwaukee Jewish Federation to address current anti-Semitism

Hannah RosenthalHannah Rosenthal, president and CEO of the Milwaukee Jewish Federation and daughter of a Holocaust survivor, will deliver a public talk, “Rising Anti-Semitism: It’s Real” on Tuesday, April 16, on the Ripon College campus. The presentation will begin at 4 p.m. in East Hall Little Theater. A reception will follow in Wensink Lounge in East Hall.

Rosenthal’s father was a Holocaust survivor, a former prisoner at the Buchenwald concentration camp, and a Reform rabbi.

Rosenthal works to develop community-wide financial support, planning and allocations to help ensure the continuity of the Jewish people, to enhance the quality of Jewish life and to build a strong unified Jewish community in Milwaukee, in Israel and throughout the world.

From 2009 to 2012, she was Special Envoy and head of the Office to Monitor and Combat Anti-Semitism in the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor Affairs at the U.S. Department of State, which provides advocacy in the U.S. and internationally on anti-Semitism, and develops and implements policies and projects to support such efforts.

Rosenthal’s talk at Ripon College is made possible through an innovative Thirteen for ’13 program established by the Office of the President at the College to fund 13 new ideas to enhance the College campus community. www.ripon.edu/13-for-13

Although most Americans believe negative attitudes towards Jews and discriminatory behavior toward them are issues of the past, studies in various parts of the world prove otherwise. About 15 percent of Americans still hold anti-Semitic views. A 2004 report from the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs shows that anti-Semitism, verbal attacks against Jews and vandalism have increased significantly in Europe since 2000.

This fall, for the first time, Ripon College is offering a course in the religion department which addresses the issue of anti-Semitism in both its historical and contemporary manifestations. “A Convenient Hatred: A Study of Anti-Semitism” will be taught by Rabbi David Brusin to offer understanding of the scourge that has been part of Western civilization for centuries and which did not end with the horror of the Holocaust during World War II.

To learn more about the Religion Department at Ripon College, click HERE.

If you’d like to submit a 13 for 13 proposal, learn more and apply HERE.

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