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As the population of Holocaust survivors declines and antisemitism across the globe escalates, The Gross Family Center for the Study of Antisemitism and the Holocaust is on the front lines working to raise awareness of the Holocaust through powerful and educational public programming that addresses the history of the Holocaust, the singular most catastrophic genocide in history, and its consequences including the challenges of contemporary antisemitism.

The Gross Family Center for the Study of Antisemitism and the Holocaust is a program of the Gayle and Paul Gross Family Foundation.

Event Schedule

Living With The Sins Of Their Fathers: The Children Of Nazi War Criminals

January 10, 2021
11 AM
Dr. Irving Berkowitz
Temple Beth El, West Palm Beach

The son of Holocaust survivors, Dr. Irving Berkowitz is a widely respected scholar and public speaker on the Holocaust and contemporary antisemitism.

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Dr. Berkowitz will profile some of the most notoriously evil Nazi leaders, delineate their respective roles in planning and implementing “The Final Solution”, document the nature and magnitude of their war crimes, and explain whether, why or how they were brought to justice. Against this backdrop, Dr. Berkowitz will share all that is known about the children of these mass murderers, the lives they lived and the strikingly different ways in which they coped with the monstrous legacy of the “Sins of their Fathers.”

The son of Holocaust survivors, Dr. Irving Berkowitz is a widely respected scholar and public speaker on the Holocaust and contemporary antisemitism. He has served as Dean of Academic Affairs at Palm Beach State College since 2013, and he recently completed a fellowship as scholar in residence at Oxford University’s Institute for the Study of Global Antisemitism and Policy. Dr. Berkowitz has received numerous commendations, including the 2019 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Distinguished Leadership Award, for his lifetime of scholarship, advocacy, and service in relation to racism, antisemitism, hatred and discrimination.

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    Why Jews Are Worrying About Their Democratic Party Roots

    January 24, 2021
    11 AM
    Michelle Terris and Sofia Manolesco
    Temple Beth El, West Palm Beach

    The annihilation of traditions leads to inevitable persecution of those who practice their culture. They are seen as opposing State control. One cannot serve two masters: G-d or the State. Exposing the socialist lie can dampen the explosion of contemporary antisemitism.

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    The annihilation of traditions leads to inevitable persecution of those who practice their culture. They are seen as opposing State control. One cannot serve two masters: G-d or the State. Exposing the socialist lie can dampen the explosion of contemporary antisemitism.

    MICHELLE TERRIS
    Founder and President of JEXIT. An accomplished executive in both the corporate and nonprofit worlds, Michelle saw a need in the community to educate Jews on the drastic and alarming changes in the political climate. She regularly champions for Israel’s rights and the fight against antisemitism

    SOFIA MANOLESCO
    Secretary of JEXIT. Sofia was born in Romania during Ceausescu’s dictatorship. Her father survived seven years in a Siberian gulag for attempting to resist the Bolsheviks. Sofia and her parents escaped the communist regime when she was eleven years old. Knowing firsthand that the rise of antisemitism and socialism have grave consequences, Sofia is determined to educate Americans about the imminent danger of remaining complacent when Western Civilization comes under attack. Sofia holds two college degrees and speaks 3 languages.

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      The Campus War Against Israel & Jews

      February 21, 2021
      11 AM
      Dr. Richard L. Cravatts
      Temple Beth El, West Palm Beach

      Richard Cravatts, PhD, is the author of “Dispatches from the War Against Israel & Jews” and a leading authority on academic antisemitism and Israel hatred.

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      Dr. Cravatts will discuss the “new antisemitism” that has infected academia through dangerous antisemitic and anti-Israel activism at American universites. He will also offer solutions to help bring these campuses back to a balanced and level-headed discussion about Israel and the Middle East.

      Richard Cravatts, PhD, is the author of “Dispatches from the War Against Israel & Jews” and a leading authority on academic antisemitism and Israel hatred. Dr. Cravatts has also published over 400 articles, opeds, columns, and book chapters on antisemitism, anti-Israelism, higher education and campus free speech, terrorism, politics and the Middle East in the NY Times, Newsweek, Chicago Tribune, Wall Street Journal, Times of Israel and many other publications around the world. He is President Emeritus and a Board Member of Scholars for Peace in the Middle East (SPME), a faculty network of some 30,000 academics on more than 3200 campuses worldwide. Dr. Cravatts also holds Board positions at Zionist Organization of America (ZOA), (Florida Chapter). The Journal for the Study of Antisemitism, AMCHA Initiative, Endowment for Middle East Truth, Israel Alliance, and the Louis D. Brandeis Center for Human Rights Under Law.

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        The New/Old Antisemitism – How 19th Century Socialist Antisemitism Led to Today’s New Antisemitism

        March 7, 2021
        11 AM
        Daniel Greenfield
        Indian Spring Country Club, Boynton Beach

        Daniel Greenfield is an investigative journalist covering terrorism, the Middle East, and antisemitism in Europe.

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        The “New Antisemitism” isn’t new. The hatred that animates BDS, that scapegoats Israel, denies the legitimacy of Zionism, and justifies violence against Jews is not a new phenomenon, but a resurgence of 19th century antisemitic stereotypes of Jews circulated by socialists from Fourier to Marx. Progressive Antisemitism was born when socialist populists fused medieval antisemitic stereotypes that led to Stalin’s gulags, Nazi Germany, and demonization of the Jewish State today.

        Daniel Greenfield is an investigative journalist covering terrorism, the Middle East, and antisemitism in Europe. He has exposed the antisemitic ties of elected officials and organizations, the media bias that skews coverage, the rising antisemitism among Islamist organizations in America, and the growing terror threat that unites America and Israel in a common struggle for the future. Greenfield is a Shillman Journalism Fellow with the David Horowitz Freedom Center.

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          Failure of Jewish Leadership and its Consequences

          March 14, 2021
          11 AM
          Avi Goldwasser
          Temple Beth El, West Palm Beach

          Avi GoldWasser has been an activist on college campuses for over 15 years. He co-founded, and was the Executive Director of The David Project, an organization dedicated to teaching college and high school students about the Middle East conflict.

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          It’s becoming obvious to many Jews that, despite the success and wealth of the community, we are living in a state of siege and increased anxiety. Practically every Jewish institution in America now needs significant security. Jews are murdered in Pittsburgh, San Diego and Jersey City, beaten on the streets of Brooklyn, bullied and harassed in the universities, defamed by The New York Times and CNN, and now maligned in the U.S. Congress. There are many reasons for the current situation. Many are not within our control, but one thing truly ought to be: Jewish leadership.

          Avi GoldWasser has been an activist on college campuses for over 15 years. He co-founded, and was the Executive Director of The David Project, an organization dedicated to teaching college and high school students about the Middle East conflict. He currently works with Americans for Peace and Tolerance, an activist group in Boston focused on educating the public about the radical threats to academic integrity at America’s universities. He has produced and directed several documentaries including the award-winning “Forgotten Refugees” and “The J Street Challenge”. His recent film is “Hate Spaces: The Politics of Intolerance on Campus”. He is a child of Holocaust survivors, and has worked as a financial executive in high tech.

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            Foreign Funding Fueling Jew Hatred on Campus

            April 11, 2021
            11 AM
            Michael J Bass
            Temple Beth El, West Palm Beach

            Over the last decade, Michael has extensively researched and investigated antisemitism on college campuses, and their funding by hostile nations working to delegitimize Israel and its supporters.

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            A new phenomenon of radical networks, in evidence across colleges and universities, particularly those with Middle East Study centers, has compounded the already threatening and abusive environment that Jews on campuses have had to endure. The effect of foreign funding to these campuses in creating and tolerating this horrific situation, will be fully detailed and explored. Billions of dollars have been flowing into these universities for decades, in large part from nations hostile to the US. With these billions of support, extremist scholars, radical anti-Israel/anti-Jew groups, academia, and various others (through intersectional alliances) have emerged. These networks energize those involved, allowing them to metastasize and spread across campus groups and colleges throughout many states in the nation, presenting a formidable threat and an abhorrent atmosphere for Jewish students. By following the money, this presentation will shed light on these foreign and direct dangers resulting in hotbeds of antisemitism and Jew hatred in American institutions of higher learning.

            Over the last decade, Michael has extensively researched and investigated antisemitism on college campuses, and their funding by hostile nations working to delegitimize Israel and its supporters. His work was presented in the Knesset and at Israeli Universities and Intelligence groups. His research was also recently presented at the Department of Justice Summit on Antisemitism in Washington DC, which was, in part, responsible for the subsequent investigation into massive underreporting of foreign funding to US colleges.

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