With the 2020 presidential election fast approaching, Wilshire Boulevard Temple is holding a forum with three political experts this evening, Jan. 16, at 7:30 p.m. at the temple’s Irmas Campus.
The panel discussion will focus on what the candidates and outcomes could mean for Jews and the United States. It features Danielle Berrin, Ian Lovett and Steven Windmueller, whose knowledge and perspectives will provide a greater understanding of the issues and candidates.
Berrin is an award-winning journalist who spent more than a decade covering the American Jewish community and its role in world affairs. Much of her work focused on Israel and Hollywood. She worked as a senior reporter and columnist for the Los Angeles Jewish Journal and contributed work to the New York Times, The Atlantic, The Guardian, The Forward and Israel’s daily Yedioth Ahronoth.
The Los Angeles Press Club named her Journalist of the Year in 2017 for reporting on sexual harassment and assault a year before the #MeToo movement began and she was recognized as one of the most influential American Jews by the Forward.
Lovett is the national religion reporter for the Wall Street Journal based in Los Angeles. Prior to that, he spent five years at the New York Times, where he covered the West Coast and major breaking news across the country, including the Boston Marathon bombing and the San Bernardino terrorist attack. One of Lovett’s first journalism jobs was with the Park Labrea News/Beverly Press, where he was a reporter from 2009-10.
Windmueller is the Rabbi Alfred Gottschalk Emeritus Professor of Jewish Communal Service at the Jack H. Skirball Campus of the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in Los Angeles. He has also written four books and numerous articles on issues important to Jews. Windmueller is currently editing a volume for the Casden Institute at USC on “The Impact of Donald Trump’s Presidency on American Jews.”
Following the panel discussion, the panelists will answer questions. Michael Janofsky, a Temple member and former national correspondent for the New York Times, will serve as moderator.
Admission is free but registrations is required. Wilshire Boulevard Temple’s Irmas Campus is located at 11661 W. Olympic Blvd. For information and to RSVP, visit bit.ly/3aalnYU.
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