Register to attend Dara Horn’s Zoom presentation at Boston College’s Center for Christian-Jewish Learning on her provocatively titled book “People Love Dead Jews: Reports from a Haunted Present” and then join us for a discussion afterwards (separate Zoom link to come).
“People Love Dead Jews” won the 2021 National Jewish Book Award and is an easy, if disturbing, read. Her thesis is that the respect for Jewish victims and past characters rarely extends to us living Jews, and she provides evidence through 12 crisply written chapters. A sample story: when a young employee of the much-visited Anne Frank House tried to wear his yarmulke to work he was told to hide it under a baseball cap. The museum’s goal was “neutrality” and a Jew with a yarmulke might “interfere” with the museum’s “independent position.” The museum finally relented after deliberating for four months, which seemed to Horn “like a rather long time for the Anne Frank House to ponder whether it was a good idea to force a Jew into hiding.”
Click here to register for the talk and get the Zoom link. Check back here for the separate Zoom link for the Beth El discussion after the talk. Sponsored by the Combating Antisemitism Taskforce (CAST) and the Adult Education Committee