Center for Judaic Studies Partners with Middle East Studies to Bring Compelling Speakers to Campus

The Center for Judaic Studies and Contemporary Jewish Life has coordinated with UConn’s Middle East Studies Program to bring two well-known speakers to the Storrs campus this spring to discuss the relationships between American Jewish groups and Israel. 

Gili Getz Actor and photographer Gili Getz will perform “The Forbidden Conversation,” an autobiographical one-man play exploring the difficulty of having a conversation about Israel among American Jews.  The performance will be followed by an open discussion about the challenging conversations between family, friends, and community concerning the future of Israel, the American Jewish community, and ways to process fundamental differences and disagreements. It takes place on Thursday, February 9, at 7:00 pm in the Konover Auditorium at the Dodd Research Center. 


On MDov Waxmanarch 9 at 7:00 pm,  Dov Waxman, professor of political science, international affairs, and Israel studies at Northeastern University will present “Trouble in the Tribe: The American Jewish Conflict over Israel.” Professor Waxman will describe how the conflict over Israel among Jewish groups in America has developed and what it means for the future of American Jewish politics.  The event takes place in the Konover Auditorium at the Dodd Center and is also sponsored by the Department of Political Science. Professor Waxman will be available after the presentation for a book signing.


Both events are free and open to the public. 

More information can be found on our website:

Gili Getz to Present the Forbidden Conversation on February 9, 2017

Professor Dov Waxman to Present “Trouble in the Tribe” on March 9, 2017