Jewish Cultural Celebration

Jewish Cultural Celebration 2014


November 3 to 14, 2014

A Jewish History: the Stories We Tell

Every moment in Jewish history and tradition has a story. From the joyous to the tragic, all has come together to form Jewish culture. Please join the Jewish Student Association and the James Farmer Multicultural Center in exploring this topic throughout our Jewish Cultural Celebration.

Jewish Cultural Celebration Kick-Off

Monday, November 3 | 5 p.m. | Smart Market, Seacobeck Hall

Cost: 1 meal swipe; Cash/Credit/EagleOne $11.15 + tax

The most important place in a Jewish home is the kitchen. Join us for traditional Jewish food and listen to popular Jewish music from our generation and past generations. There will be gedempte chicken, A potato latke bar, blintzes for dessert, and much more. Before you leave, check out the Shabbat display in the Dome Room. See you there!

The Pianist

Wednesday, November 5 | 7 pm | room 139, Combs Hall

Based on the autobiographical memoir of Jewish-Polish pianist and composer Władysław Szpilman’s attempts to survive the destruction of the Warsaw Ghetto during World War 2, The Pianist stars Adrien Brody and was directed by Roman Polanski.

Shabbat Dinner

Friday, November 7 | 5 p.m. | Faculty/Staff Dining Hall, Seacobeck Hall

Cost: 1 meal swipe + $6; Cash/Credit/EagleOne $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.

Kristallnacht Commemoration featuring a Holocaust Survivor

Monday, November 10 | 6 pm | room 411, Lee Hall

Made possible by the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, Washington DC.

On this date 76 years ago, tens of thousands of Jews woke to find the windows of their stores, businesses, homes and synagogues had been shattered and destroyed overnight. Immediately after, over 30 thousand Jews were arrested and sent to concentration camps, marking the beginning of what is now known as the Holocaust. Join us in commemorating this historic and tragic event, as a Dr. Porter R. Blakemore, associate professor in the Department of History and American Studies provides information about the Holocaust and a Holocaust survivor, Marcel Drimer, tells his story.

Jewish Cultural Celebration Keynote Speaker: Dr. Vanessa Ochs

Wednesday, November 12 | 7 p.m. | Lee Hall, room 411

Vanessa Ochs vlo4nVanessa L. Ochs, author of Inventing Jewish Ritual (Jewish Publication Society), won the National Jewish Book Award in 2007 and was awarded a Creative Writing Fellowship by the National Endowment for the Arts. A professor in the University of Virginia’s Department of Religious Studies and Jewish Studies Program, Ochs teaches Judaism, spiritual writing, and anthropology. She holds a bachelor’s degree in drama and French from Tufts University, a master of fine arts degree in theater from Sarah Lawrence College, and a Ph.D. in anthropology of religion from Drew University. Other books by Ochs include Sarah Laughed; Worlds on Fire: One Woman’s Journey Into the Sacred; Safe and Sound: Protecting Your Child in an Unpredictable World; the Jewish Dream Book, co-authored by daughter Elizabeth Ochs; and The Book of Jewish Sacred Practices, edited with American rabbi and author Irwin Kula.

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