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 HallCo-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.
Friday, November 8 | 6 p.m. | Faculty/Staff Dining Room, Seacobeck HallCost: 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
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.