Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Congregation Mishkan Israel to hold Annual Robert E. Goldburg Peace and Justice Service

HAMDEN — The Congregation Mishkan Israel will hold its annual Robert E. Goldburg Peace & Justice Service at 7:30 p.m. April 5.
The speaker will be Dr. Bruce E. Wexler, professor emeritus and senior research scientist in psychiatry at Yale School of Medicine, according to a statement.
Wexler will “discuss ‘The Teaching of Hatred in the Middle East: A Study of Israeli & Palestinian Textbooks’ based on his research from a recent U.S. State Department funded study he designed and currently manages as facilitator for the Council of Religious Institutions of the Holy Land,” the statement said.
Wexler also is the founder and president of “A Different Future,” a “non government organization dedicated to helping end the Israeli-Palestinian conflict by creating and amplifying voices of moderation and thereby reclaiming the public idea space from extremists,” the statement said.
The annual Peace & Justice Service was begun by Rabbi Goldburg in 1967 as a way to educate and challenge the community, the statement said.
Past speakers have included Harrison Salisbury, Robert Jay Lifton, Daniel Ellsberg, Julian Bond, and William Sloane Coffin.  After Goldburg retired in 1982, the service was renamed “The Robert E. Goldburg Peace & Justice Service,” the statement said.
The service is open to the community. For more information, call the synagogue office at (203) 288-3877. Editor's note: All information in this post was contributed.

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