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Janusz Korczak House Berlin: Rabbi Andy Bachman Talks About US Election

“Chutzpah as the Trump Card? The Presidential Elections from a Jewish-American Perspective”

Every four years, the eyes of the world and of Europe in particular are fixed on the American presidential race, and of course, 2016 is no exception. What is different this year is the candidates: At no point in memorable history have there been two contestants more dissimilar from each other competing for the White House than Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. While the former First Lady Clinton, a seasoned politician and, among other things, former Secretary of State represents a choice of stability and continuity, the campaign run by tycoon industrialist Donald Trump has made headlines more with slurs and blunders than with a coherent political agenda. But no matter which side the scales will tip: This election is going to have a profound impact on the life of Americans and Europeans alike.

Out of the many facets of the decision, we are going to take a closer look at the Jewish-American point of view: Will skepticism about Trump’s aggressive verbal outbursts prevail, or do Jewish voters still resent the current administration’s reserved stance towards Israel, a position which many contend is unlikely to change substantially under a President Clinton?

On July 18, we will have with us an expert to provide insights on these and related questions: Rabbi Andy Bachman will talk about “Chutzpah as the Trump Card? The Presidential Elections from a Jewish-American Perspective”. Bachman, who is Director of Jewish Content and Community Ritual at New York City’s 92nd Street Y, studied at the University of Wisconsin in Madison under George L. Mosse. A Brooklyn resident for over 20 years now, he is a regular contributor to The Forward, Haaretz, Tablet and The Jewish Week. He made both Newsweek’s and Forbes’s list of the 50 most influential rabbis in the US. Bachman runs his own blog at

The lecture will be delivered in English.
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