MANCHESTER >> Mark Weitzman, the director of Government Affairs at the Simon Wiesenthal Center and its chief representative to the United Nations, will speak on the rise of the European far right at Israel Congregation of Manchester (ICM) on Sunday, Aug. 7 at 11 a.m. This phenomenon is impacting the current refugee crisis and exacerbating hate crimes abroad.

An award-winning author and compelling speaker, Weitzman is a globally recognized expert and scholar of international relations, antisemitism, extremism, and digital hate. He is an international voice for human rights not only at the Simon Wiesenthal Center where he chairs the Task Force Against Hate and Terrorism but also through participation at many other prominent non-profits and NGOs, including the International Holocaust Remembrance Authority, the Council on Foreign Relations, the Association of Holocaust Organizations, Yale University's Institute for the Study of Global Antisemitism and Policy, and New York's Jewish-Catholic Dialogue Group.

Located at 6025 Main Street/7A, Israel Congregation of Manchester is bringing Mr. Weitzman to the Northshire as this year's scholar-in-residence. His presentation is one in a series of programs that engage congregants and the larger community in dialogue about issues that impact the world. The public is invited to this special event at no charge, although free will donations will be appreciated.

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