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Jan. 16 - The Learning Center of Senior Citizens, Inc. to Host Series on the Anatomy of Antisemitism

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January 16, 2020 - The Learning Center of Senior Citizens, Inc. (SCI), a local non-profit dedicated to helping people age successfully, will host a six-part series on the anatomy of antisemitism. This series will explore the somber phenomenon of antisemitism in both its historical contexts and its modern-day permutations, and will take place Mondays at 3:30 p.m., Jan. 27 through March 2.

Lectures will take place at the Skidaway Island Presbyterian Church, located at 50 Diamond Causeway. Cost is $10 per lecture for TLC members; $15 per lecture for visitors. To register for one or all of these courses, please contact Debbie Hornsby (912-236-0363 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) or register online at www.seniorcitizensinc.org/the-learning-center.

The Anatomy of Antisemitism

Lecturer: Melinda Stein
Monday, Jan.27, 3:30 p.m.

Persecution of Jews has infected nearly every place and time in history. While details vary, certain tropes emerge in each incarnation of antisemitism. Melinda Stein, a frequent lecturer at TLC on matters of religious history and Judaism, lays out the commonalities. 

Holocaust Denial as Modern Antisemitism

Lecturer: Steven Henkin
Monday, Feb. 3, 3:30 p.m.

Denying one of the most thoroughly documented mass murders in human history has long been a stock-in-trade trope of antisemitism. This presentation by Rabbi Steven Henkin of Congregation Agudath Achim chronicles the history of Holocaust denial and obfuscation, revealing all-too-familiar parlance and patterns.

Dreyfus, Herzl, and Zola: An Episode of French Antisemitism

Lecturer: Robert Haas
Monday, Feb. 10, 3:30 p.m.

Nineteenth-century French antisemitism exploded with the unjust conviction of Alfred Dreyfus for treason. The reactions of Hungarian journalist Theodor Herzl and French novelist Emile Zola reveal, respectively, the roots of modern Zionism and a nation’s conscience. Rabbi Robert Haas serves Congregation Mickve Israel.  

Leo Frank and Southern Antisemitism

Lecturer: Steve Oney
Monday, Feb. 17, 3:30 p.m.

Steve Oney is the author of And the Dead Shall Rise: The Murder of Mary Phagan and the Lynching of Leo Frank. He speaks with authority on the particulars of the case in which Leo Frank, a Jewish factory superintendent in Atlanta, was convicted of murder and then lynched. He also speaks to the current retrial of the case in Georgia. Copies of the author’s book will be available at the lecture.

Criticism of Israel: When It’s Antisemitic and When It’s Not 

Lecturer: Robert Haas
Monday, Feb. 24, 3:30 p.m.

In this talk that is part geopolitics and part sociology, Rabbi Robert Haas examines two varieties of international criticism of Israel: that which represents valid differences of opinion on the world stage versus the type that evokes predictable antisemitic patterns. 

From the Portuguese Inquisition to Georgia

Lecturer: Ann Woolner

Monday, March 2, 3:30 p.m.

Unexpected and unwelcome, 41 Jews, mostly refugees from the Portuguese Inquisition, landed in Savannah in 1733, five months after Oglethorpe. Among them was a Portuguese doctor who treated earlier colonists who were dying from a mysterious disease. Oglethorpe credited the Jewish doctor with saving the infant colony, and Savannah’s Mickve Israel was formed. Ann Woolner, author of a brand new book on the subject, links the European and American stories. Copies of the author’s book will be available at the lecture.

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