Falmouth Jewish Congregation Hosts a Free, Public Presentation about STEP: Science Training Encouraging Peace

Conversation and Q & A with Directors Kim Kronenberg and Dr. Allen Taylor

Tuesday, July 18, 2023 at 7pm

Registration is required. Send an email to: fjcoffice@comcast.net with "RSVP for STEP" in the subject line.

Falmouth Jewish Congregation invites the public to a free, virtual illustrated talk with Kim Kronenberg and Dr. Allen Taylor about STEP: Science Training Encouraging Peace, the organization they direct that pairs young Israeli and Palestinian science scholars and helps fund the full length of their graduate education at universities in Israel. STEP focuses on scientific problems that affect these societies across borders such as infectious diseases (e.g., COVID-19), complex health problems (e.g., diabetes and cancer), water sanitation, desert agriculture, and emergency preparedness. In addition, its focus on students with limited access to such advanced training helps reduce educational inequities that impede personal and societal growth.

Kronenberg and Taylor assert that, in the absence of internationally sponsored peace talks or direct negotiations between the Palestinian and Israeli governments, it is the people who must build bridges and foster the foundation for an enduring peace, and that person-to-person (P2P) science diplomacy like STEP can bring positive change. Come learn about the challenges and success of STEP and gain insight into how this person-to-person program creates professional and personal bonds.

Kim Kronenberg, M. PH, is the Associate Director of STEP and an adjunct professor in Health Communication at Boston University. Dr. Allen Taylor is the director of STEP, Professor of Nutrition, Development, Molecular and Chemical Biology, and Opthalmology at Tufts University.

This free, public event is hosted by Falmouth Jewish Congregation and will take place on Tuesday, July 18 at 7pm at the congregation’s Seifer Community Center at 7 Hatchville Road. Everyone is invited, but reservations are required; email fjcoffice@comcast.net by July 17.