June 9: Deborah Lipstadt and Rabbi Ed Feinstein
About This Event
Deborah Lipstadt, Dorot Professor of Modern Jewish and Holocaust Studies at Emory University, is one of the nation’s foremost experts on Holocaust denial and modern anti-Semitism. Lipstadt is the author of many books on the Holocaust, including her 2005 book, “History on Trial: My Day in Court with David Irving,” which is the story of her libel trial in London against Irving, who sued her for calling him a Holocaust denier and right wing extremist. The now-famous libel trial occurred when Irving sued Lipstadt over her 1993 book, “Denying the Holocaust: The Growing Assault on Truth and Memory,” the first full-length study of the history of those who attempt to deny the Holocaust. The case grew into a six-year legal battle in which Lipstadt prevailed.
Lipstadt was an historical consultant to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, and helped design the section of the Museum dedicated to the American Response to the Holocaust. She is serving as an expert witness in the civil suits against the Nazis who, on August 12, 2017, who marched military-style to Emancipation Park in Charlottesville, shouting racist, homophobic, and anti-Semitic slurs and carrying swastikas and other Nazi symbols. They charged through a line of interfaith clergy. They attacked and assaulted countless citizens. After police dispersed them, James Alex Fields Jr. drove his car into a crowd of peaceful protesters, killing 32-year-old Heather Heyer and injuring 19 others.
Lipstadt has been awarded countless prizes and awards for her impactful writing, teaching and speaking, and is the recipient of many honorary PhD’s.
Professor Lipstadt received her BA from City College of New York and her MA and PhD from Brandeis University.
Rabbi Ed Feinstein
Rabbi Ed Feinstein is the beloved senior rabbi at Valley Beth Shalom in Encino, California, one of the largest Conservative congregations in the United States. He has served on the faculty of the Ziegler Rabbinical School of Rabbinic Studies at American Jewish University since 1990 and is an instructor for the Wexner Heritage Program, lecturing widely across the United States.
Prior to coming to Valley Beth Shalom in 1993, Rabbi Feinstein served as founding director of the Solomon Schechter Academy of Dallas, Texas, building the school’s enrollment from 40 to over 500 in eight years, and winning national recognition as center of educational excellence. In 1990, he assumed the position of executive director of Camp Ramah in California, the largest Jewish camp and conference center in the western United States. He came to Valley Beth Shalom in 1993 at the invitation of the renowned Rabbi Harold Schulweis, whom he succeeded as the congregation’s senior rabbi in 2005.
Rabbi Feinstein is a member of the board of the Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles, a member of the school board of Milken Community High School and an active member of AIPAC. A survivor of two bouts of colon cancer, he speaks frequently to cancer support groups all over Southern California.
Rabbi Feinstein is the author of many books, most recently published is his dissertation which was published in 2019 entitled, “Rabbi Harold Schulweis and the Reinvention of the American Rabbinate.”