Jewish Cultural Awareness Week

Jewish Cultural Celebration 2013


The Jewish American: Defining Our Identity

Since the days of the early settlers, Jews have had a small, but influential population among citizens of the United States.  Some have been persecuted and others embraced for their cultural and religious differences.  This Jewish Cultural Celebration week will examine the history and journey of American Judaism in its current and future paths.  The University of Mary Washington Jewish Student Association and the James Farmer Multicultural Center would like to invite you on an exploration of American Judaism, and who American Jews truly are.

James Farmer Multicultural Center &

Jewish Student Association


Jewish Heritage Kickoff Celebration

Monday, November 4 | 5 p.m. | Dome Room, Seacobeck Hall

Co-sponsored by Eagle Dining

Join us for the annual Jewish Cultural Celebration Kickoff!  Come and taste a delectable array of cookies representing various aspects of Jewish cultural and traditions.  Individuals will have an opportunity to show their creativity in decorating cookies.  There will also be music and other fun facts available for everyone to enjoy.


Shabbat Dinner

Friday, November 8 | 6 p.m. | Faculty/Staff Dining Room, Seacobeck Hall

Cost: Students-1 meal + $6, Non-students-$10

The Sabbath is the day of rest for the Jewish community that begins at sundown on Friday and continues until three stars appear in the sky on Saturday night.  During this time, Jews abstain from labor of any kind and spend the day with families and friends.  Traditionally, Jewish families commence the Sabbath with Shabbat dinner on Friday night.  Come and enjoy a traditional Shabbat dinner and learn more about this weekly tradition.


Analyzing Jewish Stereotypes in Keeping the Faith

Tuesday, November 12 | 6 p.m. | Lee Hall, room 412

Keeping the Faith, starring Ben Stiller, Edward Norton, and Jenna Elfman, is a popular comedy about a love triangle between a priest, a rabbi, and their childhood friend.  The movie is full of interesting perspectives on Jewish culture, old and new, and portrays several common stereotypes in modern American culture.  Join us for cookies, pizza, refreshments, and a movie as we discuss these stereotypes and being Jewish today.


American Jew or Jewish American?–Patriotism and the Jewish Faith

Thursday, November 14 | 6 p.m. | Lee Hall, room 412

Rabbi Shlomo Bauxbaum from Aish D.C. in Rockville, MD will lead a discussion about the relationship between nationality and religion in the Jewish faith, particularly in the college age generation.  Refreshments will be provided.


Jewish Cultural Celebration Keynote Performer: Alexandria Kleztet

Friday, Nov. 15 | 7 p.m. | The Underground, Lee Hall


Kleztet PLC photo    Alexandria Kleztet is the Mid-Atlantic’s premier Jewish Klezmer band. Klezmer, Jewish folk music from Eastern Europe, has a long standing tradition in Jewish communities around the world. Klezmer is a musical tradition played by professional musicians called klezmorim. The genre originally consisted largely of dance tunes and instrumental display pieces for weddings and other celebrations. New arrangements of traditional melodies and original songs by members of the band draw upon jazz, classical, world beat, rock and other musical genres to create a unique and entertaining sound. Dedicated to the preservation of this centuries old tradition, the Alexandria Kleztet have received the Washington Area Music Association’s (WAMA) award for “Best World Music Group” in 2003, 2004, and 2006. The band is based in the Washington/Baltimore area and has performed annually at the Kennedy Center and regular concerts at the Peabody Institute. They began touring internationally in 2007 with an appearance at the Semanas Musicales festival in Chile.


For more information, please contact the James Farmer Multicultural Center at 540/654-1044.