Sunday, September 10, 2006 7PM
at Temple Israel

Rabbi Richard S. Chizever, of Temple Israel and Jennifer Ritter, Executive Director of the Holocaust Memorial Resource and Education Center of Florida announce a community commemoration of 9/11 on Sunday, September 10 at 7pm at Temple Israel, 555 Markham Woods Road, Longwood. There is no admission charge.

Deborah E. Lipstadt, Director, Rabbi Donald A. Tam Institute for Jewish Studies and Dorot Professor of Modern Jewish and Holocaust Studies at Emory University will be the keynote speaker. Lipstadt will address issues of terrorism and ant-Semitism today.

Dr. Lipstadt is well known for her recent book History on Trial: My Day in Court with David Irving (Ecco/HarperCollins, 2005). Dr. Lipstadt tells the story of her libel trial in London against David Irving, who sued her for calling him a Holocaust denier and right wing extremist. The judge found Irving to be a Holocaust denier, a falsifier of history, a racist, an anti-Semite, and a liar. She is currently working on a book on Jewish responses to the new anti-Semitism. Dr. Lipstadt represented President George W. Bush as a member of the official U.S. delegation commemorating the 60th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz. She is an historical consultant to the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, and served on the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Council. She is regularly called on by the broadcast media to share her expertise, and has received numerous teaching awards including the Emory Williams award. She is the 2005 winner of the Al Chernin Award given by the Jewish Council for Public Affairs, and has been awarded several honorary doctorates in the United States and Israel. Arrangements for Deborah Lipstadt are made through the B’nai B’rith Lecture Bureau.

Dr. Lipstadt has also written BEYOND BELIEF: THE AMERICAN PRESS AND THE COMING OF THE HOLOCAUST (Free Press/Macmillan, 1986,1993). Her book DENYING THE HOLOCAUST: THE GROWING ASSAULT ON TRUTH AND MEMORY (Free Press/Mcmillan, 1993) is the first full-length study of those who attempt to deny the Holocaust. The book has been published in Germany, Switzerland, Japan, Australia and New Zealand.

Dr. Terri Fine, Professor of Political Science, University of Central Florida, is Chair of the commemoration.

A Sponsors Dinner, which will include a special briefing with Dr. Lipstadt, will precede the event at 5:30pm at the synagogue. For reservations and information contact Temple Israel at 407-647-3055.

Included in the program will be a candle lighting memorial by students from area synagogues, in commemoration of the victims and survivors of the September 11, 2001 attacks. Kol Ram, an acapella group led by Rabbi David Kay, Congregation Ohev Shalom, will perform music to accompany a slide show tribute to the 9/11 victims, survivors and their families.

A book signing will follow the program.

High school and college students are invited to a special desert reception with Dr. Lipstadt. There is no charge. Student identification must be presented.