HATE: Modern Antisemitism

HATE: Modern Antisemitism

HATE: Modern Antisemitism explores the evolution of hate crimes against the Jewish people. Guests include scholars, Jewish educators, activists, a risk and threat analyst, and the curator of the traveling Auschwitz exhibit. The program seeks to understand where Antisemitism originated and why it continues to grow. This KFI-AM 640 News Special is produced by the award-winning team of Steve Gregory and Jacob Gonzalez for iHeartMedia Los Angeles.


May 21, 2023 38 mins
Michael Barclay is the founding rabbi of Temple Ner Simcha in Westlake Village, California – just north of Los Angeles. Barclay talks about the history of Antisemitism from his perspective, the history, and politics of Temples in Southern California, and offers a firsthand account of the attacks on him, his family, and his home.
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Dr. Michael Berenbaum is the Director of the Sigi Ziering Institute which studies the ethical and religious implications of the Holocaust. He is based at the American Jewish University. He is also the curator of the only authorized traveling exhibition of Auschwitz. We caught up with him during the installation of the exhibit at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, California.
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May 21, 2023 24 mins
Brandon Cohen is the Head of School at the Brawerman Elementary School in West Los Angeles. It is affiliated with the Wilshire Boulevard Temple, one of the largest on the West Coast. Cohen talks about educating children while surrounded by a compound-like security infrastructure, complete with armed guards. And he reveals how he and his staff broach the topics of hate crime and the Holocaust with his elementary students.
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May 21, 2023 43 mins
Rabbi Abraham Cooper is the associate dean and director of Global Social Action Agenda for the Simon Wiesenthal Center in Los Angeles, California. He is also called upon to advise heads of state on hate crimes and Antisemitism. Cooper also heads up the team that produces the annual hate crime report card on media companies and individuals. Cooper gives us an unfiltered view of Antisemitism and its worldwide reach.
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May 21, 2023 20 mins
Ted Deutch is the CEO of the American Jewish Committee, an advocacy organization in New York which advances the issues impacting Israel and the global Jewish community. Deutch is a former member of the House of Representatives from the state of Florida. In May of 2023, Deutch was appointed by President Biden to serve on the United States Holocaust Memorial Council. Deutch gives us the status of Antisemitism in the United States.
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May 21, 2023 15 mins
Andrew Hem was born during his parents’ flight from Cambodia following the Khmer Rouge genocide. He eventually earned a degree in illustration from Art Center College of Design and has become a much sought after muralist. We visit Hem at the site of one of his murals in downtown Los Angeles which honors a woman who became a Holocaust rescuer.
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May 21, 2023 26 mins
Dr. Matthew Schumacher is a clinical & operational psychologist with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department’s Major Crimes Bureau. He also researches radicalization and threat assessment. Schumacher breaks down the hate crime threat in Southern California and summarizes the way he and others handle those traumatized by a hate incident or hate crime. He also talks about homegrown violent extremism.
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May 21, 2023 15 mins
Todd Spitzer is the District Attorney for Orange County, California. He is known for his tough on crime stance and created a hate crimes unit filled with special prosecutors who know how to navigate the complicated maze of hate crime prosecution. DA Spitzer has gained the benchmark of having prosecuted more than twice the number of hate crimes of those previous DA’s over the last twenty-five years.
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