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Deborah Lipstadt to speak at Beth El Temple anniversary celebration

WEST HARTFORD — World-renowned historian and author Dr. Deborah E. Lipstadt will deliver the keynote address at “Strengthening Our Foundation,” an evening celebrating the 65th anniversary of Beth El Temple in West Hartford. The event will be held at Beth El on June 5 at 7 p.m.

“The Jewish way in this world has always been marked by the embrace of challenge and response with a way of life celebrating hope and courage,” says Beth El spiritual leader Rabbi Jim Rosen. “I’m delighted that we will be able to join together for an evening that honors not just a thriving Beth El but also our enduring Jewish spirit.”

The author of seven books and numerous articles, including the recently released Antisemitism: Here and Now, Lipstadt is Dorot Professor of Modern Jewish History and Holocaust Studies at Emory University in Atlanta. 

“[Lipstadt’s] foresight and inner strength to continually address issues vital to Jewish history and life has been nothing short of groundbreaking,” says Judith Rosenthal, Beth El’s first vice president and fundraising chairperson. “When she recently became troubled about the resurgence of antisemitic attitudes and behaviors in our world today, she confronted it head on. I cannot think of a better way to celebrate our 65th anniversary than standing up to antisemitism with Deborah Lipstadt leading the way.”

The evening will also include the presentation of the Stanley M. Kessler Award posthumously to Abby Weiner z”l.

The program will begin at 7 p.m. followed by a dessert reception with Dr. Lipstadt. (Certain sponsorship levels also include a cocktail and dinner reception with Dr. Lipstadt at 5:30 p.m.) Tickets are $54/adults and $18/students. 

For more information: visit BethElWestHartford.org/65Years.

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