Rabbi To Explore Origins And Future Of Isis In Free Series At Library 

Rabbi Steven Bayar, spiritual leader of Congregation B’nai Israel in Millburn, plans to offer an insightful look at ISIS (the Islamic State) in a series of free talks on Tue., Dec. 6; Mon., Dec. 12, and Tue., Dec. 20, at 12:30 p.m., at the Morris County Library in Whippany. His series is titled “Spotlight on ISIS: What It Is, Why and How it Developed, What’s Ahead.”
The gatherings are sponsored by National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW), West Morris Section, and coordinated by the organization’s Our Jewish World program, under the direction of Melanie Levitan and Ellen Nesson, both of Morristown. 
Rabbi Bayar’s classes will focus on a brief history of the Middle East, or geopolitics gone wrong;  an overview of Islam, looking at what unites Islam and what divides it; and why and how ISIS came about.
Says Bayar, “One of the major problems we have in formulating a response to ISIS, called the ‘caliphate’ by some, is our lack of knowledge concerning Islam. This ignorance creates irrational hatreds where none need exist. It also demonizes a population that is itself demonized by ISIS: Muslims.”
Preregistration is required for Rabbi Bayar’s classes. To reserve a place, e-mailmelanielevitan@gmail.com.

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