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Shalem | Israel Confronts the Holocaust

 

Saturday Afternoon, 1:15 p.m.
October 24th

By David (Judy) Cohen

As Americans, whose Jewish identity has been molded by the Holocaust, it comes as a surprise, if not a shock, to learn that Israeli attitudes toward, and treatment of, the Holocaust are very different from our own. In fact, until the 1961 Eichmann trial, Israelis did not acknowledge the full truth about the Shoah, and even today cast it in a somewhat conflicted light. Why is this so? The answer lies in traditional Zionist ideology, the Yishuv’s pre-World War II attitudes toward the Diaspora which linger today, and even the opportunism of domestic Israeli partisan politics. David Cohen will explore these and other issues in this fascinating aspect of Israeli culture.

David Cohen and his wife Judy were married at Tifereth Israel in 1965. David has served on the TI board and in three different vice president positions, and is currently a Chaver on the Funeral Practices Committee and editor of The Menorah.

David was a career Senior Executive in the Federal government for 34 years, serving primarily in the Office of Economic Development and the Department of Housing and Urban Development before retiring in 1994. He managed anti-poverty, community development, and low-income housing grant and loan programs; while at HUD, he was the first director of the $2 billion HOME program. In retirement David has been an active volunteer in two homeless programs—the Anne Frank House, a small DC all-volunteer non-profit; and Friendship Place, a large and growing Ward 3-based community organization.


Sponsored by TI Adult Education

Questions? Please contact
Jessica Weissman at TIShalem@Tifereth-Israel.org