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LUNCH AND LEARN SERIES
LUNCH AND LEARN -- FREE 4-PART LECTURE SERIES
The Rise of Hate – the Jewish and Christian Response
Led by Dr. Bruce Chilton of the Bard College
Sunday, September 15, 2019
Sunday, October 20, 2019
Sunday, November 17, 2019
Sunday, January 19. 2020
Beyond Toleration: Surviving the Challenge of Contempt
Enlightenment Europe and America gave the world what was supposed to be the cure for the debilitating, self-defeating wars of the modern period: the principle of toleration. Especially in the field of religion, this moral and legal principle became a foundation of civilized life. But instead of relief from war, genocide came — often at the hands of allegedly Enlightened governments. The past two centuries in North America, Europe, Africa, and Asia have brought many examples.
Framing an understanding of this terrible paradox, and offering the prospect of genuine progress, this series will investigate the thought of four key Jewish and Christian theologians: Martin Buber, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Hannah Arendt, and Martin Luther King. Their influence reached beyond their own constituencies, and key contacts with other religious traditions will feature in our discussion, but our central task is to conceive of what needs to be done to revise the principle of toleration so that its promise might be realized.
Martin Buber, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Hannah Arendt, and Martin Luther King
Sponsored by the Rhinebeck Reformed Church and the Jewish Federation of Dutchess of County
Please contact the church to RSVP for this free event.
Time: 12:30 - 1 p.m. lunch
1-45: p.m. lecture
1:45 to 2 p.m. questions and answers
Faith, Media and Society Series Presents
Reporting From The Most Reported Place On Earth: How an American journalist tells the complex story that is Israel
An afternoon with award-winning journalist Yardena Schwartz
Sunday, September 8, 2019, 3:00pm
Presentation and Q&A
Reception immediately to follow
RSVP required by email to or
Space is limited. Advance registration required.
Free and open to the public
Presented by Rhinebeck Reformed Church and The Jewish Federation of Dutchess County
Yardena Schwartz is an award-winning freelance journalist, Emmy-nominated producer, and communications consultant based in Tel Aviv. Her work has appeared in National Geographic, Rolling Stone, The New York Times, Newsweek, Time, Foreign Policy, Foreign Affairs, Pacific Standard Magazine, US News, USA Today, Tablet, Haaretz, The Forward, The Daily Beast, and elsewhere. She has reported from Israel and the West Bank, Morocco, Nepal, Ukraine, Poland, and the United States. Yardena previously worked at NBC News in New York, including stints at The Today Show, Nightly News, and Andrea Mitchell Reports. Yardena graduated with honors from Columbia Journalism School and is a recipient of the 2016 RNA award for magazine reporting. In 2013 she earned an Emmy nomination for her work at MSNBC.