From: Waterford Historical Society, Inc. <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject: Talk and Tour: The History of the Southeastern Connecticut Jewish Community
Waterford Historical Society, Inc.
Tempel Emanu-el, 29 Dayton Road, Waterford, CT
6:30 p.m. tour of the sanctuary, refreshments; 7 p.m. presentation and talk
Talk and Tour: The History of the Southeastern Connecticut Jewish Community
At the invitation of the Waterford Historical Society, Inc., Rabbi Aaron Rosenberg, Rabbi Emeritus of Temple Emanu-el, will review the amazing stories of the ever-evolving local Jewish community – from the first arrivals in the 1800’s, to the Jewish farmers of Chesterfield, the diverse synagogues, the Jewish immigrants from the Former Soviet Union, the local colleges and the Coast Guard and Sub Base – and the contribution of Jews to commerce, politics and the community at large. He will discuss occasional incidents of anti-Semitism and speak of the challenges of an aging and diminishing community to remain relevant and vibrant. A native of Chicago, Rabbi Rosenberg graduated from Indiana University before attending Hebrew Union College, where he was ordained in 1974. He served congregations in Springfield and Cleveland, Ohio before becoming the Rabbi of Temple Emanu-El in Waterford in 1980. Since 2015, he has been Rabbi Emeritus of Temple Emanu-El. He has also served as the Jewish Chaplain at Connecticut College, President of Waterford Rotary Club, Secretary of the Greater New London Clergy Association, and currently is President of the Waterford Public Library Board. He is married to Karen Rosenberg, former Head of School of Solomon Schechter Academy.