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Dr. Saba Soomekh

Please join us for a live webinar with educator, author and advocate Dr. Saba Soomekh, who will speak to the root causes of antisemitism and its troubling prevalence in Los Angeles and around the world. She’ll discuss the wide diversity in Jewish life around the globe and share her own family’s history as Iranian Jews who immigrated to Los Angeles. She’ll also talk about the impact of geopolitics in the Middle East on the Jewish community. Finally, Dr. Soomekh will recommend action items to counter anti-Jewish bias both in schools and in society as a whole. 

Dr. Saba Soomekh is the director of training and education at American Jewish Committee. She spent 20 years as a professor and university administrator and currently teaches seminary students. Dr. Soomekh teaches and writes extensively on world religions, women and religion, intersectionality and its impact on the Jewish community, and the geo-politics of the Middle East. She is a graduate at King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz International Centre for Interreligious and Intercultural Dialogue, an inter-governmental organization that promotes inter-religious dialogue to prevent and resolve conflict. Dr. Soomekh was a 2019 Scholar-in-Residence at Oxford University with the Institute for the Study of Global Antisemitism and Policy. She is the editor of the book “Sephardi and Mizrahi Jews in America” and the author of “From the Shahs to Los Angeles: Three Generations of Iranian Jewish Women between Religion and Culture.”

This talk is recommended for students 13 and older. It is free and open to the public.

Thursday, Nov. 17, 2022 // 7 p.m. PST // Zoom Webinar