Constitutional Concerns: From Hanukkah Lights to Reproductive Rights
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Theatre Ariel will perform Survivors, a play based on the testimonies of 10 Holocaust survivors from New York. This play was created with middle school and high school students in mind and families with older children are encouraged to attend.
Gratz College President Zev Eleff offers a reminder that we should be thankful for many things this Thanksgiving — including living in a complicated world.
Ernie Kahn was born in 1926 in Southwestern Germany and fled Nazi Germany with his family 2 months before he turned 13 years old. For more than 40 years, Ernie has played visible roles in various Jewish organizations across North America and was considered a go-to resource for social service, educational, and community organizations looking to their futures.
The Jewish Exponent has moved in to Gratz College and they have brought some Jewish history with them. Read the article, "Jewish Exponent Archives Find New Life At Gratz College".
The Canadian Society of Jewish Studies/la Société canadienne des études juives - CSJS/SCEJ -- is excited to circulate the attached Call for Papers.
We invite the community to join us for the virtual launch of the Hear Our Voices: Survivors Share their Stories of Trauma and Hate project on November 24, 2022, at 7:00 pm est.
Mehnaz Afridi will be addressing specifically the nuances and complexities of the relationship between the Holocaust and the experiences of Jews and Muslims in those parts of the world. She will also address actual responses and experiences in the Muslim and Arab worlds, such as collaboration, persecution (of Muslims and Arabs), and reducing Jews in those parts of the world.
The International Jewish Committee on Interreligious Consultations (IJCIC, www.ijcic.net) represents Jews around the world through dialogues with the Vatican, the Ecumenical Patriarchate, the World Council of Churches, the World Evangelical Alliance, and has also begun to engage with international Muslim organizations.
What the American Synagogue Learned from the US Constitution
In 1790, the trustees of Congregation Shearith Israel of New York approved a revised constitution. The document began: “We, the members of the K.K. [i.e., “Kehillah Kedoshah (holy congregation)] Shearith Israel, met this day by a legal summons from the junta [board] published in the synagogue two Sabbath days successively, do by these present in the most solemn manner, in the presence of the Almighty and of each other, agree to form such rules to serve for and be considered as a constitution, and to accede to such other institutions, rules, and regulations as may be conducive to the general good of this congregation.”