Journalist Roger Cohen to Speak at FJC on “Anti-Semitism in Europe Today” (Wednesday, November 12)

Anti-Semitism has been on the rise in Europe in recent years and it recently reached new heights, fueled by the war in Gaza. From Sweden to France, Belgium to Hungary, the news is filled with stories of anti-Semitic incidents and the rise of anti-Semitic attitudes.

Falmouth Jewish Congregation will host a free, public talk by internationally-acclaimed journalist Roger Cohen on the topic of anti-Semitism in Europe today on Wednesday, November 12 at 7:30 P.M. in the East End Meeting House. Doors will open at 7:00 P.M. The London-born Cohen’s career has spanned some of the most prestigious news outlets in the nation and abroad, from his positions at The New York Times to his time working for The Wall Street Journal. His foreign posts included Rome, Paris, Berlin, and Zagreb, in Europe, as well as Beirut. Cohen’s extensive and diverse experience reporting from Europe, combined with his interest in the Jewish world, uniquely situate him to offer remarks on the topic of anti-Semitism in Europe today.

In addition to his numerous contributions to news, is also the author of several books, including Hearts Grown Brutal: Sagas of Sarajevo and Soldiers and Slaves, which you will find in FJC’s Righter Library. This January, Knopf will release his memoir, The Girl from Human Street: Ghosts of Memory in a Jewish Family, in which he turns a compassionate yet discerning eye on the legacy of his own family-most notably his mother’s-in order to understand more profoundly the nature of modern Jewish experience. Currently Cohen is The International Herald Tribune‘s first Editor-at-Large and an Op-Ed columnist, as well as a foreign affairs columnist for The New York Times.

Cohen was born in London to Jewish parents who had emigrated from South Africa. The Oxford-educated Cohen was awarded the Joe Alex Morris lectureship for distinguished foreign correspondence by the Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard University, as well as numerous other awards, and served as Ferris Professor of Journalism at Princeton University. In 2012, Cohen won the Lifetime Achievement award at the 8th annual International Media Awards in London.

All are invited to this free, public talk by acclaimed journalist Roger Cohen (New York Times, International Herald Tribune) on the topic of Anti-Semitism in Europe Today. The talk will take place in the East End Meeting House at 802 Sandwich Road, followed by a reception across the street at the Falmouth Jewish Congregation’s Blanche & Joel D. Seifer Community Center. Parking at the Hatchville Road lot. Handicap parking only at the Meeting House.