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‘Blacks and Jews need to stop treating each other like political abstractions’

“Wine with Adam” with host Adam Scott Bellos and guest Chloé Valdary

Wine with Adam is back, and this season kicks off with a discussion between host and CEO of Israel Innovation Fund Adam Bellos and Theory of Enchantment founder Chloé Valdary.

Valdary, a former pro-Israel activist, explains that after being disillusioned with the ability of hasbara (lit. “explanation,” Israeli public diplomacy) to solve antisemitism she created the Theory of Enchantment, a DEI (diversity equity and inclusivity) program that uses storytelling to promote critical thinking and empathy. The program teaches us to view people as individuals and to think critically about the stories they consume, she explains.

After George Floyd and the rise of Black Lives Matter, she realized that the theory was a perfect antidote and alternative to the other DEI programs that taught about “white fragility” and inbred, insolvable racism.

Valdary and Bellos also discuss recent controversies surrounding Dave Chappelle’s latest Saturday Night Live appearance, Kanye “Ye” West and what these mean for relations between the black and Jewish communities. She emphasizes the importance of coming together and supporting each other rather than reducing each other to political abstractions.

In this episode, Chloé and Adam drink rosé wine from the Shiloh Winery. Check them out:

Israel store : https://wineonthevine.com/Israel/product/shiloh-rose-2018/
US store : https://wineonthevine.com/product-category/winery/shiloh/

“Wine with Adam” with Adam Bellos airs on JNS TV Youtube Channel and on JNS social media platforms on a bi-weekly basis on Wednesdays 8:30 PM IST/130 PM EST. Don’t forget to like, subscribe and click on the bell for notifications. You can also listen to the audio version on Spotify, Apple, Google or wherever you listen to your podcasts.

Enjoy a good conversation and a glass of wine with JNS’ “Wine with Adam.” Featuring the young and quirky Adam Bellos, the show includes interviews with well-known personalities over a bottle of one of Israel’s finest wines. Learn about some of Israel and the Jewish world’s most interesting people with this fun show. Co-sponsored by the Israel Innovation Fund.

 

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