The Challenge of Terrorism in America: Facing Threats, Protecting Rights

Date: Dec 15, 2016

Time: 7:30 p.m.

Sponsor: Public Lectures and Events

Location: JTS

Category: Public Lectures & Events

The Jewish Theological Seminary mourns the loss of Jack Rudin (z”l), longtime friend and
generous supporter of JTS.

The Fall Jack and Lewis Rudin Lecture

Speaker: Rebecca Ulam Weiner, Assistant Commissioner of Intelligence Analysis, NYPD

Respondent: David M. Pollock, Associate Executive Director, and Director, Public Policy and Jewish Security, Jewish Community Relations Council of New York

Rebecca U. Weiner will discuss: What types of terrorist threats do we currently face—in New York and other American cities—and what strategies are employed to respond to these challenges? How do terrorist organizations use social media to recruit followers and direct operations? How do counterterrorism efforts take into account the ethical and legal obligations of our society, such as the protection of civil liberties?

David M. Pollock will explore: What are the particular concerns of the Jewish community?

Thursday, December 15, 2016, 7:30 p.m.

Admission is free, but reservations are required.


The Jewish Theological Seminary
3080 Broadway (at 122nd Street)
New York, NY

About the Speakers

Rebecca Ulam Weiner, Assistant Commissioner of Intelligence Analysis, manages intelligence analysis and production for the New York City Police Department’s Intelligence Bureau, and she is one of the principal advisors to the Deputy Commissioner of Intelligence and Counterterrorism. She coordinates and integrates intelligence analysis and operations, and represents the NYPD in matters involving counterterrorism and intelligence. In March 2010, Assistant Commissioner Weiner became the first representative of local law enforcement to serve in the Office of the Director of National Intelligence’s National Intelligence Council, where she focused on transnational crime and terrorism. She served previously as legal counsel to the Intelligence Bureau’s Intelligence Analysis Unit and as team leader for the Middle East and  North Africa, overseeing intelligence collection and analysis related to threats associated with those regions.

Assistant Commissioner Weiner earned her law degree from Harvard Law School and is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

David M. Pollock is the Associate Executive Director, and Director, Public Policy and Jewish Security, of the Jewish Community Relations Council of New York (JCRC), the central coordinating and resource body for over 60 major Jewish organizations in the metropolitan New York area. He is the liaison for the Jewish community with law enforcement officials and active in the development of security, emergency planning, and community relations for the Jewish community.

About the Rudin Lecture

The Jack and Lewis Rudin Lectures provide the opportunity for eminent academics, religious leaders, intellectuals, and public figures to discuss topics of interest with the JTS community and the public at large.

General Information

  • Please arrive at least 15 minutes prior to the scheduled start time. 
  • Photo ID is required for admission to JTS.  
  • JTS is wheelchair accessible. Please notify us at in advance of any special needs so that we can best accommodate you. 
  • ASL interpretation is available upon request. Please notify us at at least seven business days prior to the program and indicate “ASL Request” in the subject line so that we can arrange for an interpreter.