Jewish Cultural Celebration

Jewish Cultural Celebration 2015

November 2 to 14, 2015

Jewish Cultural Celebration Kick-Off

Monday, November 2, 5 p.m., Dining Services, University Center, fourth floor

Cost: UMW students:  1 meal swipe; Flex $6; Non-UMW Students – $11.50 + tax

Join the Jewish Student Association for traditional Jewish food and to listen to popular Jewish music.  Enjoy gedempte chicken, a potato lake bar, blintzes and much more. There will be a Shabbat display and information about the JCC’s programs throughout the week.

Jewish Cultural Celebration Keynote Speaker: Rabbi Charles Feinberg

Wednesday, November 4, 7 p.m., Lee Hall, room 411


Feinberg JCC

Charles M. Feinberg has been a rabbi for 42 years.  He has served as a rabbi at Congregations in Madison, Wisconsin, Poughkeepsie, NY, Vancouver, BC, and Washington, DC.  Rabbi Feinberg retired from Adas Israel Congregation in Washington, D.C.  During his career, Rabbi Feinberg has been involved in different social action and social justice issues.  He was a leader in the Sanctuary Movement in the 1980s.  His congregation in Madison gave refuge for 18 months to a Guatemalan family of six who eventually emigrated to Canada.  In Poughkeepsie, Rabbi Feinberg was active and became chair of an important social service non-profit agency called Dutchess Outreach.   In Vancouver, Rabbi Feinberg became chair of the Multifaith Society.  In every community, Rabbi Feinberg has been instrumental in inspiring his congregation to help the poor and homeless.

Rabbi Feinberg  was the chairperson of the Social Action Committee of the Rabbinical Assembly for six years.  The Rabbinical Assembly is the professional organization of the Conservative Rabbinate.  Rabbi Feinberg served on the board and was co-chair of Rabbis for Human Rights and T’ruah: The Rabbinic Call for Human Rights.  Currently, Rabbi Feinberg is the executive director of Interfaith Action for Human Rights, a non-profit that educates Mid-Atlantic religious communities about human rights issues and does advocacy on the state level.


Havdalah Ceremony

Saturday, November 7, 5 p.m., Ball Circle

Havdalah is a brief and intimate sunset service to bid goodbye to Shabbat and to greet the new week as a group. The ceremony will be performed by Rabbi Bruce Aft.


Film and Discussion:  This Is Where I Leave You

Tuesday, November 10, 7 p.m., Digital Auditorium, Hurley Convergence Center (formerly the ITCC)

This Is Where I Leave You (2014) is a comedy starring Jane Fonda, Jason Bateman, Tina Fey and Rose Byrne that follows a modern Jewish family dealing with loss, love, and life as it comes.   


Panel Discussion – “Campus Culture:  Enhancing the Inclusive Environment”

Thursday, November 12, 7 p.m., Lee Hall, room 414

UMW students, faculty and staff and community members are invited to join the Jewish Student Association and representatives from other campus ethnic and religious groups for a panel discussion.  The panel will address the difficulties religious and ethnic minority students encounter at UMW and in a larger societal context. The panel will be moderated by Rabbi Bruce Aft.

Shabbat Dinner

Friday, November 13, 5 p.m., Faculty/Staff Dining Room, Seacobeck Hall

Cost: UMW students: 1 meal swipe; Flex $6; Non-UMW Students – $11.50 + tax

The Sabbath is the day of rest for the Jewish community. It 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 their family and friends. Traditionally, Jewish families cpommence the Sabbath with a Shabbat dinner on Friday night.  Come and enjoy a traditional Shabbat dinner and learn more about this time-honored weekly tradition.




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