On the 67th anniversary of Israel’s statehood and during a pivotal time in Israel, Rabbi Deborah Waxman, Ph.D. and University of Connecticut president, Susan Herbst, will lead a public dialogue called “What is Zionism’s Role in North American Jewish Life Today?” The discussion will include many topics around Israel including post-Zionism and anti-Zionism in North American Jewish communities, the importance for American Jewish communities to articulate visions for themselves that may affirm Zionism but also imagine a vital Jewish life in North America, the recent resurgence of anti-Semitism, and responsible political, religious, and civil discourse. The dialogue will be held on Thursday, April 23, 2015 at 7 p.m. in the Konover Auditorium at the Dobb Center.
Following the dialogue, Rabbi Waxman will be a keynote speaker at Temple Bnai Israel’s “Temple Visioning Launch - Innovative Visions of Community,” a public event focusing on the current state and potential future of the Jewish communities in eastern Connecticut. Rabbi Waxman will speak about "Jewish Community: Challenges, Opportunities, and Visions." This event will be held on Sunday, April 26 at 11 a.m. at Temple Bnai Israel located at 345 Jackson Street, Willimantic, Conn.