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Presented by Valley Beit Midrash, Congregation Beth Israel, and Scottsdale Arts

Author Talk: Dara Horn

"Agreeable Jews, Dead Jews, and the Challenge of Diversity"

Is there any connection between recent antisemitic attacks and recent controversies about public Holocaust education? Actually, yes, and it’s built into a strange historic bargain struck between Jews and non-Jewish societies, including here in the United States. Here are the parameters of that bargain and the reasons why we all should opt out.

Thursday, Mar 2, 2023, 7 p.m. - 9 p.m.

A hybrid event (in-person and virtual) by Dara Horn

Presented by Valley Beit Midrash in partnership with Congregation Beth Israel and Scottsdale Arts

About the Event

Is there any connection between recent antisemitic attacks and recent controversies about public Holocaust education? Actually, yes, and it’s built into a strange historic bargain struck between Jews and non-Jewish societies, including here in the United States. Here are the parameters of that bargain and the reasons why we all should opt out.

About the Speaker

Dara Horn is the award-winning author of six books, including the novels In the Image (Norton 2002), The World to Come (Norton 2006), All Other Nights (Norton 2009), A Guide for the Perplexed (Norton 2013), and Eternal Life (Norton 2018), and the essay collection People Love Dead Jews (Norton 2021). One of Granta magazine’s Best Young American Novelists, she is the recipient of two National Jewish Book Awards, the Edward Lewis Wallant Award, the Harold U. Ribalow Award, and the Reform Judaism Fiction Prize, and she was a finalist for the JW Wingate Prize, the Simpson Family Literary Prize, and the Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction. Her books have been selected as New York Times Notable Books, Booklist’s Best 25 Books of the Decade, and San Francisco Chronicle’s Best Books of the Year, and have been translated into 11 languages. Her nonfiction work has appeared in The New York TimesThe Wall Street JournalThe Washington PostThe AtlanticSmithsonian, and The Jewish Review of Books, among many other publications, and she is a regular columnist for Tablet. Horn received her doctorate in Yiddish and Hebrew literature from Harvard University. She has taught courses in these subjects at Sarah Lawrence College and Yeshiva University and has held the Gerald Weinstock Visiting Professorship in Jewish Studies at Harvard. She has lectured for audiences in hundreds of venues throughout North America, Israel and Australia. She lives in New Jersey with her husband and four children.

In-person event to be held at:

Congregation Beth Israel
10460 North 56th Street
Scottsdale, AZ 85253