Anti-Zionist rabbi to be subject of panel at National Press Club

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Next week the National Press Club is holding an event about Jack Ross’s book, Rabbi Outcast, the biography of Elmer Berger, with an all-star panel, Josh Ruebner, Andrew Killgore, and Allan Brownfeld. The release:

You are invited to attend a lunch and panel discussion on Thursday, December 8, at the National Press Club, on one of the leading Jewish rabbis of the 20th century, Elmer Berger (1908-1996). Four leading experts will discuss the new book on his life and Zionism in America titled, RABBI OUTCAST: Elmer Berger and American Jewish Anti-Zionism, by Jack Ross (Potomac Books, 2011). See details below. Please R.S.V.P. by December 6 to DATE: Thursday, December 8, 2011 TIME: 12:15 p.m.: lunch; 1 p.m.: panel discussion LOCATION: National Press Club, Murrow Room, 13th floor, 529 14th St., NW, Washington, D.C. DETAILS: The panel will include Jack Ross, author of RABBI OUTCAST; Allan Brownfeld, editor of ISSUES (published by the American Council on Judaism); Josh Ruebner, National Advocacy Director of the U.S. Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation, and Ambassador Andrew Killgore, former diplomat and ambassador to Qatar, and publisher of THE WASHINGTON REPORT ON MIDDLE EAST AFFAIRS. Panelists will discuss themes in the new book, including the life and times of Rabbi Elmer Berger, American Jewish history, and the rediscovery of American Jewry’s dissenting tradition, in addition to the historical context of Zionism, and how Zionism affects American Jews. Books will be available for sale at the event and can be autographed by the author.

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  1. john h
    December 2, 2011, 11:58 am

    The reason that Berger’s name is so obscure is that the Zionist world wants it that way. Most of world Jewry today has been taken over by Zionism, and the powers that be want to equate Zionism with Judaism, and by extension Anti-Zionism with Anti-Semitism.

    So they don’t want it known that there was a strong movement- albeit not strong enough- within a legitimate and popular branch of Judaism, which asserted that the essence of Judaism was the universalism of the prophets, not the tribalism and nationalism of Zionism. Amazon review (Siegel)

  2. MRW
    December 2, 2011, 3:38 pm

    Phil, since I assume you’ll be going, find out who has the YouTube or video of this. Damn, I wish I could go. Loved Jack’s book.

    EDIT: what a fool I am. The National Press Club is in DC. Scott McConnell?

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