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Beyond simply repeating the bitter fruits of historic and current forms of anti-Semitism, Jonathan Dobrer will share some of the surprising findings in his current research on the subject. Anti-Semitism is history's most persistent xenophobia, a poisonous hardy-perennial. Tracing its roots from ancient tribalism to the first "Blood Libel" in 350 BCE Greece, we'll see it wax and wane in Christianity and Islam (the Golden Age being gold plated) and its deadliest expression in Europe. We'll discuss contemporary anti-Semitism and its putative relationship to Israel.
Jonathan Dobrer is a native of Southern California, a graduate of USC (International Relations) and the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley. He studied philosophy in Vienna and spent two years in the Peace Corps in Tunisia. He speaks Arabic, French, German and some English.
He has served on the boards of many non-profit organizations and is a past president of Friends of Tel Hashomer (The Sheba Society). He has done board training and consulting with the Stroke Association, the American Psychological Association, the Scott Newman Foundation, the Daniel Pearl Foundation and many congregations.
Dobrer has taught at the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley and currently teaches at American Jewish University. He’s a specialist in Comparative Religion—how Christianity developed from Hebrew scriptures, stories and archetypes; and how Islam grew from both Judaism and primitive Christianity. He has a sub-specialty in Islam.
As a break from the difficulties of the world, he sometimes uses his first profession as a standup comedian to teach: 100 Years of Jewish Humor or The JewJitzu of Jewish Humor.
He’s a frequent contributor to the Op-Ed page of the Los Angeles Daily News, the Long Beach Press Telegram, Pasadena Star News and the Torrance Daily Breeze—as well for the Daily News’ blog: Friendly Fire and writes a syndicated column, Out of My Mind, for the Fullerton Observer. Jonathan has published 5 books and read at few more.