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Coming up on Connections: Tuesday, May 7, 2024

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First hour: Jewish perspectives on Gaza and antisemitism

Second hour: "Cabaret" in 2024

Peter Beinart writes in the New York Times about the "great rupture in American Jewish life." He writes of a generational split when it comes to opinions on the Netanyahu government and the actions of the state of Israel. And he writes that many Jewish leaders have differing ideas about what meets the definition of antisemitism, and what to do about it. Our guests discuss how they see these issues, and what a productive path forward might look like. In studio:

  • Meredith Dragon, CEO of the Jewish Federation of Greater Rochester
  • Rabbi Shalom Schlagman, M.D., assistant professor of medicine, pediatrics, and health humanities and bioethics at the University of Rochester Medical Center
  • Rami Katz, chief operating officer, Excell Partners Inc.
  • Nora Rubel, Ph.D., Jane and Alan Batkin Chair of Jewish Studies and chair of the Department of Religion and Classics at the University of Rochester

Then in our second hour, it’s one thing to stage a production like “Brigadoon” in 2024; it’s another to stage “Cabaret.” Over the years, think pieces and reviews have analyzed the musical’s political and cultural themes. From political disorder and uncertainty to social freedoms and artistic movements, our guests discuss the parallels between life during the setting of “Cabaret” in the Weimar Republic and today. We also preview a local production of the musical. In studio:

  • Thomas Fleischman, associate professor of history at the University of Rochester, who is currently teaching a course on the Weimar Republic
  • Brynn Tyszka, artistic director for Blackfriars Theatre and director of "Cabaret"
  • Mandi Lynn Griffith, president of the board of directors at Blackfriars Theatre and choreographer for “Cabaret”
  • Stevie Burggraaf, actor who plays Lulu, a Kit Kat Klub dancer in “Cabaret”
Evan Dawson is the host of "Connections with Evan Dawson." He joined WXXI in January 2014 after working at 13WHAM-TV, where he served as morning news anchor. He was hired as a reporter for 13WHAM-TV in 2003 before being promoted to anchor in 2007.
Megan Mack is the executive producer of "Connections with Evan Dawson" and live/televised engagement programming.