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Antisemitism, Anti-Zionism, and Woke Culture: Are They Connected? 

Antisemitism, Anti-Zionism, and Woke Culture: Are They Connected? Book Group

Book: "Cynical Theories," by Helen Pluckrose and James Lindsay
Meeting Dates and Times: Selected Wednesdays, at 7:00 PM (details below)
Location: TempleAdat Elohim

Facilitated by Rabbi Diamond

Join us at the synagogue for an engaging, highly philosophical exploration into the roots of contemporary conflicts affecting the Jewish community. In our group, we will delve into the book "Cynical Theories," examining the intellectual underpinnings of ideologies contributing to antisemitism and anti-Zionism, which have emerged in various spheres including college campuses and among traditional allies. 

As we navigate through the pages of "Cynical Theories," we will confront the intersection of these ideas with concepts like diversity, equity, and inclusion, as well as the nuances of woke culture. Together, we will critically assess which elements of these ideologies merit preservation and which demand reevaluation within our community. 

Come be a part of this thought-provoking dialogue as we seek to deepen our understanding and forge a path forward rooted in knowledge, introspection, and collective wisdom. 

There is no cost to participate in this book group.

April 10, 2024 - Introduction and Chapter 1 & 2
Postmodernism: The Modern is So Yesterday or Things Aren’t Getting Better

May 2, 2024 - Chapter 3 & 4 
Post-Colonial Theory: White Guys=Jewish Guys=Bad Guys?  
Queer Theory: I Can Be Whatever I Want to Be 

May 29, 2024 - Chapter 5
Critical Race Theory: Fighting Racism with Race

June 19, 2024 - Chapters 6 & 7
Feminism and Gender Studies: Patriarchs & Matriarchs 
Disability and Fat Studies: I’m good just the way I am 

July, 2024 (exact date is TBD) - Chapter 8, 9 & 10 
Social Justice in Thought and Action: At least it sounds good on paper 
An Alternative to Social Justice: Don’t Throw Out the Baby with the Bathwater

If you have questions, please email Rabbi Diamond at


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Sat, July 20 2024 14 Tammuz 5784