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Globe’s Carroll joins Hot Buttons, Cool Conversations tonight

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Boston Globe columnist, James Carroll, Leventhal-Sidman Jewish Community Center JCC, discussion Jews: How we see ourselves, how we present ourselves, how we are seen by others

Boston Globe columnist and author James Carroll joins a discussion on Judaism tonight at the Leventhal-Sidman Jewish Community Center in Newton. Photo courtesy of James Carroll

The comedian Sarah Silverman might call it the nature of “Jewy-ness.” How do Jewish people see themselves, and how do others view them, around the world and across the generations? Three prominent thinkers will lead a discussion on the provocative topic tonight at 7:30 at the Leventhal-Sidman Jewish Community Center (JCC) in Newton.

Participating in tonight’s event are Boston Globe columnist and author James Carroll, former CBS News 60 Minutes producer Abigail Pogrebin, and Margot Stern Strom, executive director of the human rights education program Facing History and Ourselves. The forum, part of a JCC lecture series titled Hot Buttons, Cool Conversations, will be moderated by Leonard Fein, founding editor of Moment magazine.

Carroll, a former priest who served as BU’s Catholic chaplain from 1969 to 1974, is a widely published journalist and author of 10 novels and 6 nonfiction books, including Jerusalem, Jerusalem: How the Ancient City Ignited Our Modern World, Constantine’s Sword: The Church and the Jews, and the memoir An American Requiem, which won the 1996 National Book Award for Nonfiction. Pogrebin, a writer as well as producer, is the author of Stars of David: Prominent Jews Talk About Being Jewish. As head of Facing Ourselves and History, Strom has enabled millions of high school students to consider their moral obligations toward others and the broader causes of racism and violence through study of the Holocaust.

Jews: How we see ourselves, how we present ourselves, how we are seen by others is at 7:30 p.m. tonight, Thursday, June 6, at the Leventhal-Sidman Jewish Community Center, 333 Nahanton St., Newton. Admission is $15 for JCC members, students, and seniors; $18 for nonmembers. Parking is available. Advance registration is suggested. For more information, call 617-965-5226 or register by email at boxoffice@jccgb.org.

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