Senior center’s comparative religion talk criticized

By Teresa Rochester (Contact)

Elane Geller is one of the Holocaust’s youngest survivors.

Next month she will share her story at the Goebel Senior Adult Center in Thousand Oaks.

Her two scheduled appearances on Oct. 11 are an effort by the Conejo Recreation and Park District to move forward after a controversial discussion during a series on comparative religion at the center this summer that prompted complaints of anti-Semitism.

The idea to host Geller grew out of conversations between Park District officials and rabbis from Chabad of Thousand Oaks and Temple Adat Elohim in Thousand Oaks. The talks followed a community meeting in July designed to address concerns about the earlier discussion on the Holocaust, led by a senior volunteer, and a flier promoting the event, which posed several questions, including, “Did it happen?”