Past Events

Community Conversations and America at a Crossroads

In partnership with Community Advocates Inc., we developed the Community Conversations and America at a Crossroad, a virtual conversation series with some of the biggest names in political analysis, journalism, and politics. Since April 2020, we have hosted more than 25 events with an esteemed roster of guests and moderators who are experts in the issue areas JUDJ supports. Recordings of our past events and discussions are available below.

Co-sponsors include: IKAR, Jewish Center for Justice, Leo Baeck Temple, Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust, Stephen Wise Temple, Temple Beth Am, Temple IsaiahTemple Israel of Hollywood, The Forward and Valley Beth Shalom.

Congressman Adam Schiff with Madeleine Brand

What's in store? A new Congress, a new agenda?

George F. Will with Warren Olney


Where do we go from here? The impact of the Trump era

Ron Brownstein with Larry Mantle

Is it over yet? – Election 2020​

Bill Kristol with Patt Morrison​

What Happened: A Thinking Conservative's Post Mortem

Pre-Election Special

A Diminishing Presidency: What Lies Ahead?

David Axelrod with Patt Morrison

A Diminishing Presidency: What Lies Ahead?

Lt. Col. Alex Vindman with Max Boot

A Military Man in the Era of Trump – Paying the Price

David Gergen with Warren Olney

Eyewitness to Power – Leadership in America

Tom Ridge and Janet Napolitano with Jim Newton

The Politicization of the Bureaucracy – A Troubling Precedent

Carl Bernstein with Warren Olney

Donald Trump's Unprecedented Threat to American Democracy – Is He Deliberately Igniting Our Cold Civil War?

Nicholas Kristof with Madeleine Brand

Ray of Hope in a Grim Time

Secretary of State Alex Padilla with Zev Yaroslavsky

Is Voting by Mail the Answer to Voter Suppression?

Ron Brownstein with Warren Olney

Restoration – The Struggle Between America's Past and Future

Jeffrey Toobin with Henry Weinstein

True Crimes and Misdemeanors: The Investigation of Donald Trump

Benjamin Jealous and Amb. (Rabbi) David Saperstein with Larry Mantle

Protecting the Vote in the Era of Trump

Connie Rice and Bill Bratton with Patt Morrison

America's Racial Reckoning: From Cops to Elections

Congresswoman Karen Bass with Laurie Levenson

Bigotry, Police Reform and More: Issues in the Age of Trump

James Carville with Warren Olney

An Expert's Analysis of the 2020 Elections

Thomas Friedman with Warren Olney

The "Trump Effect" on Foreign and Climate Policy

Bill Kristol with Patt Morrison

The "Trump Effect": Can the Soul of Our Country be Restored?

George Will with Larry Mantle

Will the Republican Party Recover?

Lynn Vavreck and Mike Murphy with Robert Shrum

Practitioners' Predictions: How Political Pros View the November Election

Jonathan Greenblatt with David Lehrer

Anti-Semitism, Bigotry, and Hate in the Age of Trump

Erwin Chemerinsky, Jennifer Mnookin and Henry Weinstein

The Constitution in Crisis: Will It Survive?

Mayor Eric Garcetti with Jim Newton

Governing in a Time of Crisis: Where Are We and How Do We Recover?

David Frum and Peter Beinart with Madeleine Brand

Two Views of a Controversial Presidency

David Brooks with Warren Olney

When and Why the Trump Ploy Stopped Working

Max Boot with Patt Morrison

Assessing the Trump Administration

Prof. Rick Hasan, Prof. Gilda Daniels and Mac Heller with Val Zavala

Voter Suppression and 2020 Elections

Congressman Adam Schiff with Warren Olney

Restoring Our Democracy After Trump: A View from the Hill

Bret Stephens and Nicholas Goldberg

COVID-19 Impacts

Jennifer Rubin and Amb.(ret.) Norman Eisen with Warren Olney

Three Years of the Trump Administration: What Has Gone On and Where Are We Headed?