A nationally known voice for social justice who served under two presidents, Hannah Rosenthal, daughter of a rabbi and Holocaust survivor, recently retired as head of the Milwaukee Jewish Federation.
On March 19, Rosenthal will present The Rise of Anti-Semitism in the World: A View from the State Department, this year’s Abraham Joshua Heschel Lecture at Elmhurst College.
In 1995, Rosenthal was appointed by President Bill Clinton to be the Midwest regional director of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. She also served as the executive director for the Jewish Council for Public Affairs, where she worked on domestic and international policy for the Jewish community in North America.
Under President Barack Obama, Rosenthal served the U.S. State Department as a special envoy, heading the Office to Monitor and Combat Anti-Semitism. In 2012, she became CEO and president of the Milwaukee Jewish Federation.
The Abraham Joshua Heschel Lecture will begin at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 19, in the Frick Center, Founders Lounge. Admission is free and all are welcome. For more information, call (630) 617-5186.