Temple Shalom of Newton Hosts Discussion with New York Times Editorial Writer and Journalist Bari Weiss on Fighting Anti-Semitism

October 28, 2019

Temple Shalom of Newton hosted a discussion with journalist and author Bari Weiss, who spoke on fighting anti-Semitism in advance of the one- year anniversary of the Tree of Life Synagogue shooting, on Saturday, Oct. 26th. More than 175 people from around the region attended the talk.
Weiss, a writer at The New York Times and author, gave a talk entitled, “One Year Later: Fighting Anti-Semitism, Remembering Tree of Life.” Her first book, How to Fight Anti-Semitism, was published in September.

Temple Shalom of Newton is an inclusive community with members from throughout the Metrowest Boston area who aspire to find meaning and fulfillment in the practice of Reform Judaism.“This event was designed to help Temple Shalom and other members of the greater Boston community throughout the region address the growing threat of anti-Semitism.

Whether people agree or disagree with Bari Weiss, she provides an important perspective on one of the biggest issues facing the Jewish community in the U.S.,” said Rabbi Allison Berry of Temple Shalom. “We believe that we will only remain strong and vibrant if we confront the challenges of anti-Semitism in this country in an open and honest manner.”

Bari Weiss is an Op-Ed staff editor and writer, who writes about culture and politics, at the Times. Prior to joining the Times, she was an op-ed and book review editor at The Wall Street Journal and has also worked at Tablet, a digital publication that focuses on Jewish politics and culture. She is a native of Pittsburgh and attended the Tree of Life synagogue in the past.

“It’s important for all Americans, and not only for Jews, to address and confront the growing threat of anti-Semitism,” said Weiss, following her speech. “Thanks to events like the one hosted by Temple Shalom of Newton, people have the opportunity to educate themselves and begin to work together to address this great challenge.”

The Tree of Life synagogue attack, in which a gunman killed 11 people during Shabbat morning services, took place on October 27, 2018. It was the deadliest attack on this country’s Jewish community in U.S. history.

About Temple Shalom
Temple Shalom is a warm and inclusive community with members from throughout the Metrowest Boston area who aspire to find meaning and fulfillment in the practice of Reform Judaism. We believe that this meaning and fulfillment flows from a personal engagement with the living tradition of Judaism. We invite our membership in all its diversity to participate in the religious, educational and communal life of our synagogue.

For additional information on Temple Shalom, please visit: www.templeshalom.org

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