What Are Jews For?
The Bible singles out the Jews as God’s ‘chosen people’ but the significance of this special status has been understood in many different ways over the centuries. Adam Sutcliffe, professor of European history at King’s College and author of Judaism and Enlightenment, looks at Western thinking on the purpose of the Jewish people from the 17th century to present day and the future. He will be in conversation with Joseph Dweck, the senior rabbi of the S&P Sephardi Community of the United Kingdom.
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In Association with The Rabin Chair Forum, George Washington University
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Adam Sutcliffe is professor of European history at King’s College London. He is the author of Judaism and Enlightenment and the coeditor, most recently, of Philosemitism in History, The Cambridge History of Judaism: The Early Modern World, and History, Memory and Public Life: The Past in the Present.
Rabbi Joseph Dweck is the Senior Rabbi of the S&P Sephardi Community of the United Kingdom. Rabbi Dweck is American born and has lived in Los Angeles, California and Brooklyn, New York. He studied in Jerusalem at Yeshiva Hazon Ovadia under the tutelage of former Sephardi Chief Rabbi Ovadia Yosef z”l. Currently, Rabbi Dweck resides in London with his wife, Margalit, and five children.