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Dobkowski presents on Issues facing Jews

Professor of Religious Studies Michael Dobkowski is spending the early summer months at Congregation Beth Sholom in Rochester, N.Y., presenting a thought-provoking speaker series that analyzes problems that Jews face today. The series, “American Jewry Faces the 21st Century: Reflections on Identity, Community, Israel & Resurgent Anti-Semitism,” started on May 9.

There are three interesting lectures remaining in the series. On Tuesday, May 31, Dobkowski will address the evolving relationship toward in the Holocaust in a lecture titled, “Changing Perspectives on the Holocaust: Experiencing, Explaining and Exploiting the Shoah.”

His next talk, on Monday, June 6, will discuss anti-Semitism in a lecture titled, “The New Anti-Semitism: The Dangers of Ignoring the Anti-Semitic Disease.” Finally, on Monday, June 27, he will wrap up the series by reflecting on the topic of the Jewish identity in his lecture, “If Israel Ceased to Exist?: A Meditation of Zionism and Post-Zionism.”

At the beginning of the series in early May, Dobkowski presented on several interesting and relevant topics, including “The End of American Jewry’s Golden Era?: Sociological, Cultural and Religious Changes and Challenges,” “American Judaism: On the Cusp of Spiritual Renaissance or on the Precipice of Decline” and “What Happened to the Concept of the Jewish People?: Community Values versus the Ideal of Individualism.”

The price for a single lecture is $10. All remaining lectures in the series will be held at 7 p.m. at Congregation Beth Sholom at 1161 Monroe Ave. The full brochure for the series can be accessed at the congregation’s website:

Dobkowski received his M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in history from New York University. At the Colleges, he oversees the Holocaust Studies minor. His main areas of interest include Holocaust Studies, American Anti-Semitism, the American Jewish experience, the History of Judaism, and the history of Zionism and Modern Israel.