Versus Bias

Visit Israel without the airfare and get an insider’s view during an eight-week interfaith course taught from both the Christian and Jewish perspectives. Naomi Vilko and Bonnie Galloway are teaching “Israel Inside/Out” at two venues – Princeton Theological Seminary and Beth El Synagogue in East Windsor.

“With animated maps, diagrams, and original film footage, we explore Israel’s history, politics, geography, and sociology in an exciting and interactive way,” says Vilko. The course features such experts as Daniel Ayalon (Israel’s Ambassador to the United Nations), former ambassador Dore Gold, commentator Alan Dershowitz, Sir Martin Gilbert (who was the official biographer of Winston Churchill) and Rachel Fish (who made the documentary “Columbia Unbecoming”). Course topics will include The Peace Process, The Middle East in the Media and Israel on Campus.

The first class in East Windsor was Monday, September 13, at 9 p.m., but you can register late – or go to the first class in Princeton, which is Tuesday, September 1, at 7 p.m. Cost: $100 but Princeton Regional Chamber members get a 20 percent discount. Call Naomi Vilko MD at 609-924-3225 or email naomivilko@msn.com for more information.

Vilko is co-sponsoring this Jerusalem Online University course through her psychiatric consulting firm, Vilko Corporate Consulting, and other sponsors are Beth El Synagogue, the Jewish National Fund, and the Interfaith Task Force for America and Israel. With special expertise in treatment of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, she teaches at Robert Wood Johnson and NYU medical schools. Active in Israel and Jewish affairs, she will address issues related to current affairs as well as the Holocaust and the effects of trauma.

Galloway, who has just returned from a semester in China, will share her expertise in human rights and women’s rights in the Middle East. A member of the Lawrenceville Presbyterian Church, she is a professor of sociology and business and teaches at Rider University, College of New Jersey and Mercer County Community College

Another interfaith effort – the National Day of Prayer on Tuesday, September 21. If you want to take a stand against anti-Muslim sentiment, come to Palmer Square a little before noon. Fellowship in Prayer, the Princeton Clergy Association, and Not in Our Town, among others, sponsor a prayer vigil at noon. Or say a prayer to yourself as the clock strikes 12.

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