In the wake of recent national and local events such as the Pittsburgh synagogue shooting and the Baraboo Nazi salute incident, we spend the hour looking at the rise of anti-Semitism in Wisconsin, the U.S., and across the globe. Our guests are Jeff Spitzer-Resnick, Jonathan Judaken, and Ann Jacobs.
Jeff Spitzer-Resnick is a Madison-based civil rights attorney. He is the president of Madison’s Shaarei Shamayim congregation and chair of the Madison chapter of J Street, a non-profit advocacy group working for a peaceful resolution between Israel and Palestine.
Jonathan Judaken is a professor of history at Rhodes College. He specializes in the critical philosophy of race, critical theories of anti-Semitism, and post-Holocaust French Jewish thought and is the author of many books. His most recent work is a co-edited special issue of Jewish History about Jews and Muslims in France, and he recently edited a round table in the American Historical Review titled “Rethinking Anti-Semitism.”
Ann Jacobs is a practicing attorney in Milwaukee and the founder of Jacobs Injury Law. She is the chair of the Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC), which advocates for the rights and values of Jews individually and collectively, here and abroad.