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New York Times
opinion columnist Bret Stephens is one of the most insightful commentators
of our time, and his penetrating analysis and intricate prose provide valuable perspectives on contemporary issues. Now, the esteemed journalist joins us for UJA’s upcoming Sanford Solender Lecture held in partnership with The Ramaz School and Congregation Kehilath Jeshurun. Bret will be in the conversation with moderator Abigail Pogrebin.

Don’t miss this timely talk where Bret will share his thoughts on the war in Israel, the future of the Jewish state, and rising antisemitism around the world. You’ll also hear about UJA’s work in response to these major challenges and how we’re securing Jewish institutions, empowering college students to stand up to hate, and promoting pro-Israel and pro-Jewish voices in traditional and social media.

The Sanford Solender Lecture Series was established to explore major issues of concern to the Jewish community and to honor a man who served that community for more than 50 years.

From 1948 to 1970, Mr. Solender left an indelible mark on our community as an executive with the National Jewish Welfare Board, serving as director of the Jewish Center Division before becoming executive vice president in 1960. In 1981, Mr. Solender retired after 11 years as executive vice president of the Federation of Jewish Philanthropies and UJA-Federation of New York. When Mr. Solender retired, his colleagues and friends established the Sanford Solender Lecture Series to honor his remarkable accomplishments. Until his death on August 30, 2003, Mr. Solender took an active role in determining the focus of these lectures. He is sorely missed by all who knew him.


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Honoree Portrait

Bret Stephens

Opinion Columnist and Associate Editor, The New York Times

Bret Stephens is an opinion columnist for The New York Times and editor in chief of Sapir, a new quarterly publication for the Jewish World. He has previously worked as a foreign-affairs columnist for The Wall Street Journal, for which he won a Pulitzer Prize, and as editor in chief of The Jerusalem Post.


Honoree Portrait

Abigail Pogrebin

Abigail Pogrebin is the author of Stars of David: Prominent Jews Talk About Being Jewish, which went into ten printings, and My Jewish Year: 18 Holidays, One Wondering Jew, which was a finalist for a National Jewish Book Award and featured on the Today Show. Abby has written for The Atlantic, Tablet, and New York Magazine.

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