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Temple Sholom to Host Veteran Activist and Scholar Dr. Michael Curtis to Discuss Jews, Anti-Semitism, and the Middle East

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ Temple Sholom of Scotch Plains announced that it will host Dr. Michael Curtis, Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Political Science at Rutgers University and an expert on the Middle East, to discuss his book Jews, Anti-Semitism, and the Middle East with audience members on Sunday, October 18th at 7p.m. in its new building at 1925 Lake Avenue, Scotch Plains. Light refreshments will be served. There is no admission charge for the event thanks to a grant from the Ruth Rutenberg Fund for Lifelong Learning.

In Jews, Anti-Semitism, and the Middle East, the author delves into the continued animosity toward Jews and Israel. Another theme discussed will be the contempt the international community demonstrates toward Israel as well as the idea that Palestinians are portrayed as victims by the international media.

“As Jews we are sensitive to the resurgence of anti-Semitism around the world,” said Rabbi Joel Abraham. “Coupled with the increase in anti-Israel sentiment, we are concerned about the ramifications for the people of Israel, the Jews of Europe, and for ourselves and our children.  Anti-Semitism has a long history and only confronting its roots will help us to eradicate such baseless hatred.”

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Many have described Dr. Curtis’ book as required reading for anyone interested in the volatile Middle East today. The book includes essays on the increase of contemporary anti-Semitism in Arab and Muslim countries.

Born in London and educated at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), Dr. Curtis earned his doctorate at Cornell University before settling in Princeton in 1963 when he was appointed to a teaching position at Rutgers University, where he is now Distinguished Professor Emeritus in political science. Dr. Curtis is recognized internationally as an activist as well as a scholar. He is the past president of American Professors for Peace in the Middle East and editor of the Middle East Review.

"We are excited to have Dr. Curtis, a distinguished professor, visit our Temple to lecture on the volatile situation in the Middle East,” said Marjorie Leffler, Chairperson of Temple Sholom’s Eitz Chayim program.  “This is a unique opportunity for people to come out and partake in a great lecture.”

The discussion of Jews, Antisemitism, and the Middle East is part of Temple Sholom’s Eitz Chayim program - the Adult Education Committee of Temple Sholom. Eitz Chayim schedules various themed programs for the year.  This year there will be a total of 5 programs which will run through May 31, 2015.9/36

Join us for this free event on Sunday, October 18th at 7 pm in Temple Sholom’s new building, 1925 Lake Avenue, Scotch Plains.  For more information, call the temple office at 908-889-4900 or consult the temple’s website at www.sholomnj.org.  Click here for more information on the book Jews, Antisemitism, and the Middle East.

About Temple Sholom

Founded in 1913, Temple Sholom is a Reform Jewish congregation led by Rabbi Joel N. Abraham and Cantor Darcie Sharlein. The temple and its religious school are home to about 250 families from the greater Scotch Plains-Fanwood area. The congregation recently moved to its new home at 1925 Lake Ave. in Scotch Plains. Temple Sholom is a member of the Union for Reform Judaism. For more information about the Temple or joining the congregation, please call 908-889-4900, e-mail sholom@sholomnj.org or visit www.sholomnj.org.

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