Throughout the year, Lunch and Learn programs provide an opportunity to hear interesting speakers in an informal setting. Speakers include authors, advocates and community leaders. Registration for Lunch & Learn programs is available to members and nonmembers.

Contagious Conspiracies: When Disinformation Spreads Hate, Anti-Semitism and White Supremacy

Thursday, May 13 at 1 p.m., via Zoom


The election was rigged. 9/11 was an inside job. Shootings at Parkland, Sandy Hook and Las Vegas were staged.  

Conspiracy theories and the human tendency to believe whatever satisfies our preconceptions is not new. But today’s disinformation is being spread at an unprecedented scale — encouraged by politicians, accelerated by social media, and weaponized in a way never seen before in American history. 

The attack on the U.S. Capitol made clear the dangerous link between these lies and violence. Join us as we discuss the threat of this new “infodemic” — from QAnon to the Jewish space laser – why people believe conspiracy theories, and what we can do now to flatten the curve of hate.  

Featuring our distinguished speakers: 

Scott Richman, Anti-Defamation League Director for the NY/NJ Region

Joseph Uscinski, University of Miami Professor and author of American Conspiracy Theories 

$10 for members or non-members; free for Chai Circle. This event fee helps sustain NCJW/Essex programs that improve the lives of women, children, and families.


Zoom information will be sent the day before the event.