Jewish Cultural Celebration

Jewish Cultural Celebration 2017
L’dor V’dor: From Generation to Generation
November 6 – November 10, 2017

Join us as we come together to explore our role as the next generation of the Jewish community. Taking inspiration from the Hebrew phrase l’dor v’dor- from generation to generation- Jewish life has been an important part of America since our founding. This week we will engage in a series of events that probe the meaning of Judaism in our lives. Together, we will examine how Judiasm has progressed from previous generations and explore how our new traditions have captured future generations of Jewish people.

Jewish Cultural Celebration Kick-Off

Monday, November 6 | 5 p.m. | Dining at the Top of the UC, University Center

Cost: 1 meal swipe; Flex $10.75; Cash/Credit/EagleOne $12 + 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 and receive additional information about upcoming events.

Movie Night: The Zookeeper’s Wife

Tuesday, November 7 | 8 p.m. | Digital Auditorium, Hurley Convergence Center

The Zookeeper’s Wife tells the account of keepers of the Warsaw Zoo, Antonina and Jan Zabinski, who helped save hundreds of people and animals during the German invasion.

The Jewish Tradition:  Roundtable Discussion

Wednesday, November 8 | 5 p.m. | Colonnade Room, University Center

Ever had a question about Judaism, Jews or Jewish life? Hear from Jewish students about their own experiences and gain insight into Jewish-American tradition from a local rabbi.  Attend a panel where Jewish students will answer your questions about religion, culture, beliefs, and maintaining Jewish traditions.  We will do our best to give thorough replies informed by personal experiences.

Jewish Cultural Celebration Keynote Performance: Machaya Klezmer Band

Thursday, November 9  | 7 p.m. | The Underground, Lee Hall

Jewish immigrants from Eastern Europe brought klezmer music to the United States in the 1880s. Today, the Machaya Klezmer Band is the Washington area’s premier klezmer and Yiddish music group, manifesting the style, feeling, and dynamism of the famous klezmer bands of the 1920s and ’30s. The music features dramatic improvisation and the cantorial, often crying style reminiscent of Jewish prayer. Machaya’s versatile musicians carry on an exciting dialogue in that free-style, improvisational tradition

Shabbat Dinner

Friday, November 10 | 5 p.m. | Chandler Ballroom C, University Center

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 families and friends.  Traditionally, Jewish families commence 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 or visit our web page at