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Edie Adelman Political Awareness Lecture

ANTISEMITISM and Our DEMOCRACY

Women’s Philanthropy and the Jewish Community Relations Council are excited to welcome Amy Spitalnick, CEO of the Jewish Council for Public Affairs, to Milwaukee.

TUESDAY, MARCH 19 • 7 PM
Harry & Rose Samson Family Jewish Community Center
Daniel M. Soref Community Hall, 6255 N. Santa Monica Blvd., Whitefish Bay

This event is open to all adults within our community.


Antisemitism does not only threaten the Jewish community – it jeopardizes the safety of countless other communities and our fundamental democratic norms and values. Amy will discuss the different ways antisemitism manifests in a post October 7th world and how it is inextricably linked with the broader fight for our democracy. 

The Edie Adelman Political Awareness Endowment Fund is a tribute to Edie’s commitment to both the empowerment of women and the responsibility to be informed citizens. The Fund and lecture series are organized by Women’s Philanthropy of Milwaukee Jewish Federation.

KEYNOTE SPEAKER

Amy Spitalnick is the CEO of the Jewish Council for Public Affairs, the national convener of Jewish coalitions working across communities to build a just and inclusive American democracy.

She previously served as Executive Director of Integrity First for America, which won its groundbreaking lawsuit against the neo-Nazis, white supremacists, and hate groups responsible for the Charlottesville violence. Under Amy’s leadership, IFA became a powerful national voice in the fight against white supremacy, antisemitism, and extremism – and its Charlottesville case has emerged as a model for accountability.

Amy also serves as a Senior Advisor on Extremism to Human Rights First, on the Advisory Board of the Polarization and Extremism Research and Innovation Lab (PERIL) at American University, and on Bedrock’s National Leadership Council. She has extensive experience in government, politics, and advocacy, including as Communications Director and Senior Policy Advisor to the New York Attorney General and spokesperson and advisor to the New York City Mayor. She has also worked for a number of federal, state, and local officials, campaigns, and advocacy organizations, including as J Street’s first press secretary.

Amy frequently appears in national media and has been awarded various fellowships and honors, including being named a Women in Power Fellow at the 92nd Street Y, a Truman National Security Project Fellow, a City & State 40 Under 40 Rising Star, and a NY Jewish Week 36 Under 36 Changemaker. She graduated from Tufts University.

Antisemitism does not only threaten the Jewish community – it jeopardizes the safety of countless other communities and our fundamental democratic norms and values. Amy will discuss the different ways antisemitism manifests in a post October 7th world and how it is inextricably linked with the broader fight for our democracy. 

The Edie Adelman Political Awareness Endowment Fund is a tribute to Edie’s commitment to both the empowerment of women and the responsibility to be informed citizens. The Fund and lecture are organized by Women’s Philanthropy of Milwaukee Jewish Federation.

KEYNOTE SPEAKER

Amy Spitalnick is the CEO of the Jewish Council for Public Affairs, the national convener of Jewish coalitions working across communities to build a just and inclusive American democracy.

She previously served as Executive Director of Integrity First for America, which won its groundbreaking lawsuit against the neo-Nazis, white supremacists, and hate groups responsible for the Charlottesville violence. Under Amy’s leadership, IFA became a powerful national voice in the fight against white supremacy, antisemitism, and extremism – and its Charlottesville case has emerged as a model for accountability.

Amy also serves as a Senior Advisor on Extremism to Human Rights First, on the Advisory Board of the Polarization and Extremism Research and Innovation Lab (PERIL) at American University, and on Bedrock’s National Leadership Council. She has extensive experience in government, politics, and advocacy, including as Communications Director and Senior Policy Advisor to the New York Attorney General and spokesperson and advisor to the New York City Mayor. She has also worked for a number of federal, state, and local officials, campaigns, and advocacy organizations, including as J Street’s first press secretary.

Amy frequently appears in national media and has been awarded various fellowships and honors, including being named a Women in Power Fellow at the 92nd Street Y, a Truman National Security Project Fellow, a City & State 40 Under 40 Rising Star, and a NY Jewish Week 36 Under 36 Changemaker. She graduated from Tufts University.

Sharon Grinker, Jill Plavnick, Carrie Steinberger, and Andi Zimmerman


Tanya Arbit
Women’s Philanthropy Chair

Rebecca Guralnick
Women’s Philanthropy Campaign Chair

 Julie Schack
Chief Development Officer

Deb Carneol Fendrich
Director of Women’s Philanthropy

Melissa Taylor
Associate Director of Women’s Philanthropy


If you have questions about the Edie Adelman Political Awareness Lecture, please contact Melissa Taylor at 414-390-5739.