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November 6 Sisterhood Symposium to look at antisemitism

Image of partial 2019 Sisterhood Symposium flyer with title Today's Antisemitism: How Does It Affect You?

September 27, 2019

Photo of this year's Sisterhood Symposium guest speaker Sylvia Barack Fishman, Joseph and Esther Foster professor of Judaic Studies, Brandeis University.

Antisemitism is one of the oldest hatreds. Yet there is considerable confusion about how it should be defined and what “counts” as antisemitic expression or action. This and more will be explored during the upcoming 10th annual Sisterhood Symposium titled, “Today’s Antisemitism: How Does It Affect You?” The event will be held on Wednesday, Nov. 6 at 6:30 p.m. at the Sam Pomeranz Jewish Community Center, 5655 Thompson Rd., DeWitt.

The program will feature guest speaker Miriam Elman, Ph.D., executive director of Academic Engagement Network (AEN), a DC-based nonprofit that combats campus antisemitism, champions academic freedom and free speech, and seeks to promote a better understanding of Israel at American universities and colleges. Following Elman’s presentation, attendees will break into small groups where they will have the opportunity to discuss the nature of today's antisemitism and ways in which it can best be combated.

Elman is currently on leave from Syracuse University where she is an associate professor of political science at the Maxwell School of Citizenship & Public Affairs. At the Maxwell School, she has been a research director in the Program for the Advancement of Research on Conflict and Collaboration (PARCC) for over a decade. Elman received her Ph.D. in political science from Columbia University and completed her B.A. in International Relations at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. She is the editor and co-editor of six books and the author and co-author over 65 articles and book chapters on topics related to international and national security, the interface between religion and politics, and the Middle East. Her latest books are Democracy and Conflict Resolution: The Dilemmas of Israel’s Peacemaking and Jerusalem: Conflict and Cooperation in a Contested City.

The Sisterhood Symposium was started in 2010 by Nancy Belkowitz. Since then, it has tackled various timely topics—all from a Jewish perspective—such as stem cell research, social media and relationships, caring for aging parents, and views of the afterlife. Last year Ruth Stein took over as the event’s coordinator.

The symposium is presented by the Sisterhood of Congregation Beth Sholom-Chevra Shas and the JCC of Syracuse. It will include a full-course dinner. The cost is $30 per person. Table sponsorships are available and include recognition in the printed program.

Reservations may be made online by October 25 at or by contacting the CBS-CS office at 315-446-9570 or