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Gordis 2 -Who’s Theodor Herzl?

We see his name on streets in Israel and his portrait hangs in some official buildings, but who is he? Zionism grew as a political movement within the Jewish Diaspora in the late 1800s and early 1900s – driven by this Budapest-born writer, playwright and journalist. Dr. Daniel Gordis describes the compelling life of Herzl and how he came to embody a movement to create a Jewish homeland. Dr. Gordis also explores how Herzl’s writing of the international sensation, Der Judenstaat, and the horrors of the Kishinev pogrom ultimately led to the First Zionist Congress.

Gordis 1 – Zionism, Fact and Fiction

Zionism is a movement to build a Jewish homeland, born in the mid-1800s from European Jews’ sense of betrayal, heartbreak, and anguish after centuries of judgment and dislocation. Dr. Daniel Gordis discusses Zionism’s origins and how it is used – and misused – in modern political and activist discourse.


Meet the co-founders of Tribe Talk – Michelle Black, Robin Friedman and Jude Sydney, three Jewish community leaders and parents of college age students who saw the need to help Jewish students adjust to college life and enjoy a more enriching experience.  They reflect on successes in year one of Tribe Talk and exciting plans for the future!

Jewish Student with Much to Share

Meet a proud graduate of Tufts University who has been an active change-maker on campus. A popular public speaker and advocate for Jewish and Israeli causes, Ben Shapiro is currently on the board of Alums for Campus Fairness (ACF). On today’s episode he shares insight into what campus life is like for incoming Jewish students, why becoming involved in vibrant Jewish organizations on campus makes so much sense, and advice as to incoming students on how to handle anti-Jewish sentiment if and when it arises.

One Example of Fighting Back

In part three of our series with Dr. Rachel Fish, Founding Executive Director of the Foundation to Combat Anti-Semitism, Dr. Fish recounts an anti-Semitic experience at the Harvard Divinity School where she was a  student just after the 9-11 attacks.  She raised awareness about a  university supported anti-Israel, anti-Jewish educational program and because of her efforts, effective changes were made. Dr. Fish proudly shares important lessons learned from her experience.

Forms Anti-Semitism Takes

In part two of our series with Dr. Rachel Fish, Founding Executive Director of the Foundation to Combat Anti-Semitism, we examine the complex history of anti-Semitism, anti-Israel campaigns such as the BDS movement, and the role of social media both in spreading and combatting hate.

Anti-Semitism on the College Campus

Dr Rachel Fish, Founding Executive Director of the Foundation to Combat Anti-Semitism talks about the rise in anti-Semitism on college campuses from fellow students, professors and/or outside  groups and how Jewish students can learn to navigate and respond.

TribeTalk -Trailer Episode

The college experience is exhilarating, exciting and yes, stressful.  But what about the added pressures Jewish students often face on campus? Tribe Talk’s podcast series provides valuable information, including the myriad of Jewish organizations that exist on campus and insight from college students, all to help students build a meaningful Jewish life on campus. These podcasts also help students navigate the anti-Semitism and anti-Zionist sentiment that they may encounter during their college years and beyond.