Acharei Kiddush: Faith, Nationalism and the future of Liberal Democracy: A Jewish Response
October 29, 2022 at 1:15 pm - 2:30 pm
In Faith, Nationalism, and the Future of Liberal Democracy , David Elcott explores how religious identity is used to foster the exclusion of individuals and communities from citizenship, political representation, and a role in determining public policy. To lay the groundwork for a religious response, he offers pathways for Judaism and Jews to nourish liberal democracy.
__________________________________ Dr. David Elcott just retired as the Taub Professor at NYU and was formally the Vice President of the National Center for Learning and Leadership, a think tank tasked with training community leaders to rethink the nature of contemporary community and civic obligation. As Interreligious Affairs Director of the American Jewish Committee and as the Executive Director of the Israel Policy Forum, David has addressed a wide array of public policy issues, building interfaith and interethnic coalitions to address Middle East peace, immigration reform, civil liberties and criminal justice reform. He has mediated conflicts between and among religious communities in the U.S. and around the world, in particular, engaging German and Jewish religious leaders in reconciliation.
His research focuses on faith and democracy in America and around the world and also, as co-founder of ActiveAging, fosters civic engagement in the Jewish community.