2019-2020 Season: Where is our country headed?
Exploring polarizing issues that have Americans split about the direction of our nation
As we move closer to the 2020 elections, the United States has become bitterly divided on issues ranging from reproductive rights to fake news. This season begs the question: Where is our country headed? We will discuss the pivotal role our nation’s laws, religions, and leadership play in shaping our community. We’ll seek answers to critical questions that define us not just as a community, but as humans in a constantly and rapidly changing world.
January 30: Can Faith and Politics be Separated?
Communities across America are divided over politics, culture, identity, and the direction of the country. Are religious congregations any different? How do religious leaders today navigate deeply divisive issues — like the Middle East, gay marriage, abortion, the immigration crisis — in their own communities? We will look at the intersection of faith and politics and ask religious leaders their views on engaging in social activism. We’ll examine the role religious leaders play in such partisan times.
Thursday, January 30, 2020 at 7:30pm
May 6: Polarization & Divide: Navigating the News
The information landscape has forever changed, with fake news and blurred lines between fact and opinion. Our panel examines the consequences of living in an age of politicized truth, fake news, and selective reality. We explore how we sort fact from fiction and through what lens do we see the truth? Moreover, we ask what are the implications for creating a civil society.
Wednesday, May 6, 2020 at 7:30pm
What is Hot Buttons, Cool Conversations?
If you enjoy a lively exchange of ideas on today’s hot button topics, the JCC’s acclaimed discussion series is for you. We bring together distinguished scholars, thought leaders and expert moderators for thought-provoking dialogue on issues of concern to the Jewish community and beyond.
The series is named in honor of Jonathan Samen (z”l), past chair of the JCC Greater Boston Governing Board, to recognize his legacy of leadership. View donors.
All JCC arts and humanities offerings are programs of the Ryna Greenbaum JCC Center for the Arts. As a 501(c)(3), JCC Greater Boston does not endorse or oppose candidates for public office or political parties.