Antisemitism in Our Midst: Past and Present
Dr. Ethan Katz, Associate Professor of History and Jewish Studies at UC Berkeley
Ethan Katz was educated at Amherst College (B.A., History & French, 2002) and the University of Wisconsin-Madison (M.A., History, 2005; PhD, History, 2009). Since the fall of 2018, he has been Associate Professor of History and Jewish Studies at the University of California-Berkeley, where he is also the Vice Chair of the Chancellor’s Committee on Jewish Life and Campus Climate. Since the spring of 2019, he has been the co-founder and co-director of the Antisemitism Education Initiative at Berkeley (along with Rabbi Naftalin-Kelman). As a scholar, Dr. Katz’s work has focused on the Jewish experience in modern Europe and the Middle East, especially in France and the Francophone world. Much of his scholarship examines Jewish belonging and exclusion, Jewish-Muslim relations, the Holocaust, Islamophobia, and colonialism and its legacies. His book The Burdens of Brotherhood: Jews and Muslims from North Africa to France (Harvard, 2015) received five prizes, including a National Jewish Book Award and two awards for the best book of the year in French history. In addition, Katz has published co-edited volumes on timely subjects such as Antisemitism and Islamophobia in France, Colonialism and Jewish History, and Secularism and Jewish life. Katz’s work has been supported by a number of prestigious fellowships, including a year-long fellowship at the Katz Center for Advanced Judaic Studies at UPenn, and a Lady Davis visiting professorship at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. For a broader public, he has authored or co-authored pieces in venues like the Atlantic, CNN, Marginalia Review of Books, and Jewish Review of Books. For over a decade, Dr. Katz has spoken regularly in universities and Jewish community spaces across the U.S., Europe, and Israel.
Rabbi Adam Naftalin-Kelman, Executive Director at UC Berkeley Hillel
Rabbi Adam Naftalin-Kelman has been the Executive Director of Berkeley Hillel since 2009. Before coming to Berkeley Hillel he served as the Director of Hillel at the University of Colorado at Boulder, upon completing his Rabbinic Studies at the Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies. He attended the University of Rhode Island where he studied Accounting and Management Information Systems and upon completion of college he began work for Arthur Andersen as a business consultant. He currently sits on several committees with Hillel International advising on issues of campus climate as it relates to Jewish life and Jewish student on campus. Adam lives in Berkeley with his partner and three sons.