Identity/Crisis is a weekly podcast from the Shalom Hartman Institute about news and ideas.
#55: The Scandals and the Journalist
Hannah Dreyfus is a freelance reporter with an unusual but essential beat: reporting allegations of sexual misconduct in Jewish organizations. In this episode of Identity/Crisis, Yehuda Kurtzer speaks with Dreyfus about her recent story on a former senior rabbi at Central Synagogue and the process of reporting out allegations of inappropriate sexual behavior in Jewish communal settings.
#54: White Supremacy, Policing, and the Jews
In the wake of the conviction of Derek Chauvin for the murder of George Floyd, Hartman Research Fellows Ginna Green (political strategist and writer) and Rivka Press Schwartz (SAR) join host Yehuda Kurtzer to reflect on the impact of the moment and to take a broader view at the American Jewish community's relationship to white supremacy and policing.
#53: The Archvillain of the American Jewish Experience
Bernie Madoff died in prison last week. In this week’s episode, Yehuda Kurtzer speaks with Felix Salmon (Axios, Slate Money) and Ben Sales (JTA) about his crimes and victims, and with Alicia Jo Rabins about her recent film, A Kaddish for Bernie Madoff.
#52: The Israeli Jewish Music Episode
Shayna Weiss (Brandeis University) and Joe Schwartz (Asif) join Yehuda Kurtzer to discuss Israeli music for this special Yom Ha'atzmaut episode, charting the 20th century greats, the journey of Mizrahi artists from margins to mainstream, and the great piyyut revival in popular music.
#51: Genocide, Antisemitism, and the Nomenclature of Hatred
James Loeffler joins host Yehuda Kurtzer to discuss the development of the term "genocide," and the nuances of three newly-articulated, potentially competing, definitions of antisemitism.
IHRA Working Definition of Antisemitism: https://www.state.gov/defining-anti-semitism/
The Nexus Document: https://israelandantisemitism.com/the-nexus-document/
The Jerusalem Declaration on Antisemitism: https://jerusalemdeclaration.org/
#50: The American Jewish Music Episode
Host Yehuda Kurtzer convenes a panel of guests to discuss the past and present of American Jewish religious music, from Mordechai Ben David to Nissim Black to Debbie Friedman. Featuring Dovid Bashevkin (1840 Podcast), Yardaena Osband (Talking Talmud Podcast), Miri Miller (SHI NA), and Shira Hanau (JTA).
Episode playlist: https://spoti.fi/3vLFbMQ
Other Songs Discussed:Im Hashem Lo Yivneh Bayis: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ckVYO9oI8vcLmaancha with Ben Shapiro: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GQ-Km7RfBEs
Yehuda and various scholars discuss a wide variety of current concerns in the Jewish community. Interesting and important content. Nice variety of guests.
Yehuda and occasional guest hosts ask big questions facing the Jewish community. The discussion is always nuanced, thought provoking, and approached with care. It’s a delight to listen to and to hear from the interesting people brought on as guests.
Wonderful pod - please fix sound quality
Inaudible sometimes. Please fix the mics or mastering. Really not listenable sometimes and the content is too good to miss due to audio difficulties