17 2021

Joe Biden and What Matters Now: A Virtual Discussion with Evan Osnos

12:00PM - 1:00PM  


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As American Jews, we know that the strength of our democracy and the words and deeds of our political leaders – especially the president – have an enormous impact on both our community’s and Israel’s continued strength, security, and vitality.

Join CJP and Temple Emanuel of Newton on Wednesday, February 17, at 12:00 p.m. ETfor a timely discussion about President Joe Biden – who he is, how he views the world, and how it will shape what’s next for our country – featuring the leading national expert on the president, author and journalist Evan Osnos.

Evan’s new book, Joe Biden: The Life, the Run, and What Matters Now, features interviews with the president and more than 100 others, including friends and foes from Biden’s 50 years in politics.

The book has been hailed as a “balanced portrait… offer[ing] a solid foundation for evaluating one of the most important figures in American governance.” In recent months, Evan has appeared on Comedy Central’s The Daily Show with Trevor Noah, NPR’s All Things Considered, CNN, ABC News, the BBC, MSNBC, and numerous podcasts.

Evan will be in conversation with Rabbi Michelle Robinson of Temple Emanuel and Rabbi Marc Baker, CJP’s President and CEO. A Q&A will follow.

For questions and more information, email Dan.

Evan Osnos has been a staff writer at The New Yorker since 2008. His book, Age of Ambition: Chasing Fortune, Truth, and Faith in the New China, won the National Book Award, among other honors. Previously, he reported from China, Iraq, and elsewhere for the Chicago Tribune, where he shared a Pulitzer Prize for investigative reporting. He lives with his wife and children in Washington, D.C.

Rabbi Michelle Robinson was ordained in 1999 as part of the first graduating class of the Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies. Since then, she has found her home at Temple Emanuel of Newton, Massachusetts, a thriving and vibrant Conservative community. Her rabbinic passions include community building, sharing the joy of traditional text study, and facilitating personal connections to the beauty of prayer. Rabbi Robinson has also spent three years and many summers learning and travelling in Israel, where she was blessed to meet her husband, Mike. Together they are the proud parents of four children who remind them of God’s blessings every day.

Rabbi Marc Baker, CJP’s President and CEO, has spent most of his life in Greater Boston’s Jewish community. An organizational leader and educator, Marc served as Head of School at Gann Academy, Greater Boston’s pluralistic Jewish high school, for 11 years prior to joining CJP. A native of Lynnfield, Marc was active in the JCC and at Camp Bauercrest throughout his childhood. He lived in Jerusalem for four years, studying at the Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies and The Hebrew University. Marc regularly speaks, writes, and teaches about Judaism, the Jewish community, and leadership.