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The Jewish Institute for Liberal Values and The Speech Project of the Jewish Journal present their first joint venture: SpeechCast.
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SpeechCast - How Debate can revolutionize education and save American democracy - 45EP
Brookings Scholar Robert Litan argues that the key to progress in society isn't in achieving a contrived consensus but in preparing people for better disagreements.
February 07, 2022
SpeechCast - Antisemitism in the Classroom: What We Can Learn from California - 44EP
Co-sponsored Livestream with the Alliance for Constructive Ethnic Studies discusses curriculum changes and newly introduced graduation requirements in Ethnic Studies. The presentation, given by Elina Kaplan, President and Co-Founder of Alliance for Ethnic Studies (ACES), and Dr. Brandy Shufutinsky, social worker, writer, researcher, advocate, and board member of Jewish Institute for Liberal Values discuss the current curriculum and how some approaches are antisemitic. Using California as a case study, learn what is under consideration, its implications for our Jewish students and the Jewish community, and what you can do.  Special introduction by human rights icon Natan Sharansky and commentary by one of America’s top Jewish leaders, Rabbi David Wolpe.
December 30, 2021
SpeechCast - Izabella Tabarovsky - The Progressive Left’s Reactionary Rejection of Israel’s Right to Exist - 43EP
Izabella Tabarovsky discusses how the present-day version of Antisemitism seen in the progressive left is a conspiracy theory eerily similar to the Antisemitism of the Soviet Union, and her astonishment that this fact is not recognized by American Jews.
December 24, 2021
SpeechCast - Shine A Light – New Partners in Fighting Antisemitism – illiberal ideologies, a panel discussion - 42EP
This podcast is the third in a series of live discussions JILV had with new partners in fighting the onset of illiberal ideologies and growing antisemitism on both sides of the political spectrum.  This panel discussion was with thought leaders Samuel J. Abrams, a visiting scholar at the American Enterprise Institute and professor of politics and social science at Sarah Lawrence College and Blake Flayton, a columnist and new media director at The Jewish Journal in Los Angles and the co-founder of the New Zionist Congress. illiberal
December 23, 2021
SpeechCast - Shine A Light – New Partners in Fighting Antisemitism – Black Leaders, a panel discussion - 41EP
This podcast is the second in a series of live discussions JILV had with new partners in fighting the onset of illiberal ideologies and growing antisemitism on both sides of the political spectrum.  This panel discussion was with Black Leaders Greg Thomas, journalist and CEO/Co-Founder of the Jazz Leadership Project, and  Dr. Sheena Mason, Podcaster and experienced leader in education management.
December 22, 2021
SpeechCast - Shine A Light – New Partners in Fighting Antisemitism – Asian American Leaders, a panel discussion - 40EP
This podcast is the first in a series of live discussions JILV had with new partners in fighting the onset of illiberal ideologies and growing antisemitism on both sides of the political spectrum.  This panel discussion was with Asian American Leaders George Lee, founding member of Chinese American Citizens Alliance Greater New York (CACAGNY), and Dr. Liang Chao, the Vice Mayor of Cupertino, CA.
December 20, 2021
SpeechCast - Steven Nasatir - Dangerous Ground: Have Jews adopted Illiberal Ideology? - 39EP
Steven Nasatir, the legendary President of the Jewish United Fund/Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago for 40 years, talks to our own David Bernstein about antisemitism on the far left and how the Jewish community should navigate the current moment. The underlying ideology is "not a good road for America, it's not a good road for Jews," he states.
December 14, 2021
SpeechCast - Leon Wieseltier - I Won't Forgive Unforgivingness - 38EP
Leon Wieseltier, the founding editor of Liberties - Journal of Culture and Politics, discusses what he learned from his experience as a pariah in the Jewish, literary and intellectual worlds. He returns from exile a wiser person. "You learn a lot from the margins."  To find out more about Liberties, go to
December 08, 2021
SpeechCast - Yaffa Tegegne - Unintended Consequences of Wokeness - 37EP
David Bernstein and Monica Osbourne interview Yaffa Tegegne, an Ethiopian Jewish communal advocate and member of the Canadian delegation to the IRHA.  Yaffa discusses how millennials feel pressured to speak with high moral authority in order to construct a positive narrative of who they are.
November 15, 2021
SpeechCast - Aaron Sibarium - Reporting on Wokeness - 36EP
Aaron Sibarium, a journalist for the Washington Free Beacon, discusses the role of educational accreditation bodies in promulgating coercive curriculum on race and racism, and the controversial proposal of the American Bar Association insisting on diversity training at law schools.
November 07, 2021
SpeechCast - Daphna Kaufman - Erasive Antisemitism and the Evolution of Progressive Discourse - 35EP
Daphna Kaufman, a noted researcher on trends in progressive ideology, explains that "there's an exceptionality to the Jewish story that defies this kind of binary categorization."
November 04, 2021
SpeechCast - Three David Bernsteins - Talk free speech, wokeness and antisemitism - 34EP
David L. Bernstein, David E. Bernstein, and David S. Bernstein discuss the antisemitism inherent in the social justice lexicon.
November 02, 2021
SpeechCast - Seth Forman - Can the academy be saved? - 33EP
Seth Forman, staff Member of the National Association of Scholars, managing editor of Academic Questions, and professor at Stonybrook University, discusses how Jews and Asians have become a target because they defy the foundational raison d'etre of Critical Race Theory.
October 22, 2021
SpeechCast - Andrew Pessin - Progressive and pro-Israel: an impossible position - 32EP
How can I be part of a movement which condemns my identity? Philosopher, and professor at Connecticut College, Andrew Pessin, discusses being pro-Israel in progressive circles. His books can be found at:
October 21, 2021
SpeechCast - Maxim D. Shrayer - The Loneliness of an American Refusenik - 31EP
Russian-born Boston College professor and prolific author Maxim D. Shrayer joins David Bernstein and Monica Osborne to discuss the parallels between what American Jews are currently facing in the West and what Jews previously faced in the Soviet Union. The present-day assaults on liberal values originate from the right and the left -- when do we sound the alarm?
October 13, 2021
SpeechCast - Steven Windmueller - Time for a Jewish Community Relations Strategic Reset - 30EP
Steven Windmueller, a Professor Emeritus at Hebrew Union College and a former JCRC director in Los Angeles, has long been a preeminent philosopher of Jewish community relations. He speaks with David about the threats to liberal values and the need for the Jewish community to reassess its strategic options.
October 13, 2021
SpeechCast - Thane Rosenbaum - How wokeness kills culture - 29EP
Thane Rosenbaum, a novelist, essayist, and Distinguished Fellow at New York University School of Law and Touro College is the director of the Forum on Law, Culture & Society, and the author, most recently, of the novel, How Sweet It Is!
October 10, 2021
SpeechCast - Peter Boghossian - How to Combat Wokism?- 28EP
From a Livestream on August 31st, philosophy professor and public intellectual, Peter Boghossian, discusses how universities have become ideology factories. Boghossian fought the system by submitting and getting published several hoax papers in academic journals in the infamous grievance studies affair.
September 30, 2021
SpeechCast - Helen Pluckrose - What is Critical Social Justice (CSJ) Anyway? - 27EP
A Discussion with Helen Pluckrose, the founder of Counterweight, which opposes the imposition of CSJ. Pluckrose is a liberal humanist who just wants people to value evidence-based epistemology and liberal ethics. She is the author of “Cynical Theories: How Activist Scholarship Made Everything About Race, Gender, and Identity”
September 14, 2021
SpeechCast How Critical Social Justice Ideology Fuels Antisemitism - 26EP
A panel discussion on the heels of JILV's White Paper release. The event focuses on the seven ways that Critical Social Justice Ideology ideology contributes to antisemitism and methods we suggest to counter its rise. Panelists include Blake Flayton, Dr. Pamela Paresky, Dr. Lee J. Jussim, and Daphna Kaufman; moderated by David Bernstein.
September 13, 2021
SpeechCast - New Paradigms in Black-Jewish Relations - 25EP
Historically the Black and Jewish communities have been interconnected in the struggle for equality. Mired in a contemporary ideological ferment, the two communities have often become pitted against each other. Should efforts to combat racism and antisemitism be seen as separate struggles? Is there a common agenda to fight for liberal democracy? Hear heterodox black and Jewish thinkers explore new approaches. Transcript of the event is available here.
September 12, 2021
SpeechCast - Seth Moskowitz - The Nuanced Apology - 24EP
When the woke social-justice mob is activated by a particular issue, when is it appropriate to apologize, and when will it only agitate the mob further? Seth Moskowitz, author of the Persuasion article "Don't Apologize," discusses considerations to take into account in deciding whether to apologize and how to do so.
August 31, 2021
SpeechCast - Peter Savodnik - The Inextinguishable Hate - 23EP
A fascinating conversation between writer/journalist Peter Savodnik and David Bernstein in which Peter talks about the current stifling atmosphere for writers and thinkers, brought about by popularization of the "impact over intent" moral paradigm. Peter describes this atmosphere as a "fraught time for Jews," due to the emergence of new types of antisemitism.
August 27, 2021
SpeechCast - Lenore Skenazy - Building Resilience in our Children- 22EP
Lenore Skenazy is the founder of the Free-Range Kids movement and the founder of Let Grow, a non-profit organization promoting childhood resilience through independence. Skenazy discusses how the culture of "safetyism" blunts children's growth and how building independence in children is crucial for their development into functioning, mentally healthy adults. A must-listen for parents and teachers.
August 20, 2021
SpeechCast - Seth Rainess and Zander Keig - The Politics of Gender Identity - 21EP
A lively conversation with two prominent members of the trans community — Seth Rainess, who is Jewish and a former rabbinical student, and Zander Keig, a first-generation of Mexican origin, who both believe the trans issue has currently become overly politicized.
August 18, 2021
SpeechCast - Josh Kraushaar - Is the Wokeness Anchor Sinking the Democratic Party - 20EP
Many voters believed Biden would stave off the most radical elements of social justice ideology, yet one of Biden's first executive orders was focused on equity.  Political commentator Josh Kraushaar discusses the dangers to the Democratic party of embracing a woke, progressive worldview and forgoing a more moderate, pragmatic stance.
August 16, 2021
SpeechCast - Eran Shayshon - Title: From Kibbutz to Kibbush: How Progressive ideology harms Jews and undermines Israel- 19EP
Eran Shayshon from Israel's Reut Group speaks about the dangers of viewing Israel through the prototypical lens of American anti-racism. He contends that it robs Israel of its own narrative and present a threat to Jews everywhere.
August 13, 2021
SpeechCast - David Ben Moshe - The Myth of Monocausal Disparities - 18EP
A riveting podcast with David Ben Moshe who spoke about his journey from incarceration to fighting for criminal justice reform and finding Judaism along the way. Ben Moshe talks about his challenges of gaining employment, getting accepted into a university program, and making aliyah with a criminal record, and how this experience helped shape his views on cancel culture.
August 09, 2021
SpeechCast - Lee Jussim - To fight authoritarianism, it takes personal will - 17EP
Social psychologist, Lee Jussim, leads the Social Perception Laboratory at Rutgers University and is Chair of the Psychology Department. His scholarly work focuses on social perception, stereotypes, and how people judge others. Jussim argues that authoritarianism exists on both sides of the political spectrum and the locus of power is increasingly being held by the extremes. He believes that countering these powerful forces takes tremendous will on the part of moderates.
August 05, 2021
SpeechCast - Brandy Shufutinsky - I don' fit their narrative - 16EP
Brandy Shufutinsky holds a Ph.D. in Education. She is a writer, researcher, and advocate for advancing the rights of victims and survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault. Shufutinsky believes that there has been a successful hijacking of discourse by people who want to silence Jewish voices and minimize the hatred inflicted on the Jewish community. People like her, she argues, don't visually and ideologically suit their narrative.
August 01, 2021
SpeechCast Jonathan Kay - Does social media repel people from liberalism? - 15EP
Jonathan Kay is an editor and writer at Quillette, and an op-ed columnist at National Post in Canada. The discussion was so riveting that Kay also choose to publish the exchange on the Quillette podcast. As an editor and self-described “lapsed Jew,” Kay argues that classical liberalism lacks a dependable or passionate constituency since it requires defending deplorables in the pursuit of principle.
July 28, 2021
SpeechCast Elliott Abrams - A decade long fight for liberalism - 14EP
Elliott Abrams is Senior Fellow for Middle Eastern Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations, served in two presidential administrations. Abrams talks about how American Jews are uniquely positioned to combat antisemitism on the left due to their proximity of influence. He argues that an ideology has taken hold that increasingly excludes or erases American Jewish Identity.
July 26, 2021
SpeechCast Rabbi Ari Lamm - Is America a Contract or a Covenant - 13EP
Rabbi Dr. Ari Lamm talks about the future of progress on racial issues in America and how African American civil rights leaders have historically rooted their message in the Hebrew Bible. Rabbi Lamm is the founder of The Joshua Project, which brings together Americans from different faith traditions and creates new coalitions and collaborations around life, culture, history, and politics. He also hosts the Good Faith Effort podcast, where he speaks with thinkers, writers, artists, and faith leaders to explore how the Bible continues to inform our lives today.
July 21, 2021
SpeechCast Jonathan Rauch - In Defense of Truth - 12EP
The great Jonathan Rauch speaks about his new book "The Constitution of Knowledge," the current threat to liberal discourse on the right and on the left, the CRT debate, and how his Jewishness shapes his worldview.
July 15, 2021
SpeechCast Martin Gak - The Economy of Polarization - 11EP
Martin Gak was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and studied Philosophy in the US. He received his Ph.D. from The New School for Social Research. Gak discusses the construction and crystalization of the new power structures in academia from those with expertise to keepers of moral authority.
July 12, 2021
SpeechCast Seffi Kogen -Do Young Jews Support Free Speech? - 10EP
Seffi Kogen, the Global Director of Young Leadership for the American Jewish Committee, coordinates the organization’s activities for young post-college American Jews. Kogen discusses the censorious nature of both supporters of the left and the right in current discourse. He is the host of People of the Pod, AJC's weekly podcast, which can be found at
July 07, 2021
SpeechCast Jonathan Sarna - Removing Ideology from Scholarship - 09EP
Jonathan Sarna, the preeminent scholar of American Jewish History, discusses how ideology has infected the academy and what we can do about it.
July 02, 2021
SpeechCast Sasha White- Young, Jewish and Cancelled - 08EP
Sasha White talks about losing her job over comments she made on Twitter, a younger generation’s commitment to free speech, how she defines her own Jewishness and supporting the free speech movement.
June 29, 2021
SpeechCast: A Crisis in Moral Authority - Batya Ungar Sargon EP07
Batya Ungar-Sargon discusses wokeness in media, how problems attributed to racism are often a function of class,  what is and isn't leftism, and how a binary ideology generates opposition to Israel.
June 23, 2021
SpeechCast -Barry Shrage - Jewish leadership in hyper-polarized times - EP06
Barry Shrage, the legendary CEO of Combined Jewish Philanthropies, Boston’s Jewish Federation, and now Professor at Brandeis, talks with David Bernstein about the current ideological moment, cancel culture, and the need for Jewish leadership. He offers a message of hope that America and American Jews can find their way.
June 16, 2021
SpeechCast - Nadine Strossen - Fighting for Free Speech in Today's America - EP05
Nadine Strossen is an American civil liberties activist who was president of the American Civil Liberties Union from February 1991 to October 2008. She's currently a professor at New York Law School. Nadine is an outspoken critic of cancel culture and argues strenuously for the protection of liberal values. She also offers a spirited defense of the current ACLU.
June 09, 2021
LiveStream: Jewish Voices from the LGBTQ+ community: Why we value the free expression of ideas
Numerous LGBTQ+ Jews have been at the frontlines of the battle for free speech. What about their experience reinforces the importance of open discourse? What can the free speech movement learn from the gay rights movement? Moderated by Dr. Pamela Paresky with panelists Jonathan Rauch, Jessica Emami, James Kirchick, and Blake Flayton.
June 04, 2021
EP04 SpeechCast - Wendy Kaminer - What happened to the ACLU?
In this edition of SpeechCast, David Bernstein interviews civil libertarian, author, and feminist Wendy Kaminer. David asked Wendy why she chose not to sign the “Jewish Harper’s letter,” even though she agreed with much in it. Listen to her answer. A long-time Board member of the ACLU, Wendy explains why she became a critic of the organization.
June 02, 2021
EP03 SpeechCast - Rebecca Roiphe
JILV Founder David Bernstein interviews Rebecca Roiphe, a Trustee Professor of Law at New York Law School where she studies legal ethics and the history of law. She also happens to be the daughter of famed feminist writer Anne Roiphe. A signatory of the “Jewish Harper’s Letter”, Rebecca and David discuss among other issues the rise of Critical Social Justice and its deleterious effects on academia, public policy, and social discourse.
May 27, 2021
LIVESTREAM: Jewish Voices from the Former Soviet Union (FSU): Why we value the free expression of ideas
As you can imagine, these prominent figures from the FSU who grew up in a totalitarian environment have something to say about the current ideological moment in America. The inaugural live stream is moderated by Dr. Pamela Paresky, Chair of the Jewish Institute for Liberal Values.  Opening remarks by Natan Sharansky. Panelists include Cathy Young, Maxim D. Shrayer, Izabella Tabarovsky, and Oleg Ivanov.
May 26, 2021
EP02 SpeechCast - Ira Sheskin - The Pew Study and the Jews of Color controversy revisited
The long-awaited Pew Study on American Jews was released this week. It revealed a growingly diverse community. It also revealed that Ira Sheskin and Arnold Dashefsky who were publicly pilloried one year ago for writing an article suggesting that the number of Jews of color is likely much less than the 12-15 percent figure given by another study, were right. Ira speaks with JILV founder David Bernstein in his first on the record talk since the controversy erupted.
May 13, 2021
EP01 SpeechCast - Monica Osborne
The Jewish Institute for Liberal Values and The Speech Project of the Jewish Journal present their first joint venture. SpeechCast with David Bernstein.  Episode 1 with guest Monica Osborne, editor of The Speech Project of The Jewish Journal.
May 09, 2021