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Naya Lekht

📍New York City, NY, USA

- Decoding Antisemitism: From Old to New

- Framing the Conflict: Language and History

- Empowering Jewish Identity: Peoplehood Then and Now

- Soviet Roots of Modern Anti-Zionism

US-Israel Relations, History, Academy, Antisemtisim, Russia, College, Small Communities


Naya Lekht was born in the former Soviet Union and came to the United States with her family in 1989.

A trained literary scholar, Naya uses her passion and expertise in the fields of literary criticism, history, and pedagogy in order to educate and instill pride in the Jewish community. Naya received her PhD in Russian Literature from UCLA where she wrote her dissertation on Holocaust literature in the Soviet Union.

In 2018, Naya was a Scholar-in-Residence at Oxford University through the Institute for the Study of Global Antisemitism (ISGAP). A passionate educator and curriculum developer, Naya has worked with Jewish educational non-profits, Jewish day schools, and synagogues across the country to create programming around Zionism, the history of antisemitism, and Jewish identity.

Naya is likewise a published author and a Research Fellow at the Institute for the Study of Global Antisemitism and Policy (ISGAP), where she focuses her research on analyzing current antisemitism in the context of the history of Jewish history. She is the Education Editor for White Rose Magazine, a non-partisan digital publication dedicated to exposing extremism and reteaching classical liberalism, and a columnist for the Jerusalem Post where she reports on Jewish life and Zionism in the diaspora.

Naya is working on her first book, Israel: 10 Hardest Questions Answered.

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