Jewish Cultural Celebration

Jewish Cultural Celebration 2018

Ahavah Sheevyohn: Love and Equality

אהבה ושוויון

November 5 – November 9, 2018

Come out and join the Jewish Student Association, regardless of who you are or how you identify. We are promoting love and equality this year for everyone. Embracing the ideals of love, equality and acceptance, the Jewish Student Association and the James Farmer Multicultural Center would like to extend a warm invitation for all to gather and learn more about the Jewish faith as a community.  Together we can spread the message of love and equality throughout our campus and community.

Jewish Cultural Celebration Kick-Off

Monday, November 5 | 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  display and receive additional information about upcoming events.

Movie Night: Keeping Up with the Steins

Tuesday, November 6 | 8 p.m. | Colonnade Room, University Center

Keeping up with the Steins is a comedy about all the craziness and competition is involved when the Steins try and plan the best Bar Matzvah party they possibly can for their son.

Holocaust Memorialization in Museums

Wednesday, November 7 | 5 p.m. | Colonnade Room, University Center

Join us tonight as we have the incredible honor of having Dr. Hansen-Glucklich, assistant professor of German in the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures, talk to us about the memorialization of the Holocaust in museums all around the world!

Jewish Cultural Celebration Keynote Speaker: Dr. Mark Naison

Thursday, November 8  | 7 p.m. | Room 411, Lee Hall

Photo of Dr. Mark Naison, a man with glasses smilingDr. Mark Naison, professor of history and African American studies at Fordham University, is the author of seven books and more than 300 articles on African American politics, labor history, popular culture, and education policy. A member of the Congress of Racial Equality and Students for a Democratic Society in the 1960s, his first book, Communists in Harlem in the Depression, published in 1983, is still in print and is used in graduate courses around the nation.

Dr. Naison is the founder of the Bronx African American History Project (BAAHP), one of the largest community-based oral history projects in the nation, and has brought his research into more than 30 Bronx schools, Bronx-based cultural organizations, and NGO’s. In recent years, the BAAHP’s research has led to granting landmark status to several streets with historic significance, as well as the founding of a cultural center honoring the Bronx’s musical heritage. A co-founder of the Bronx Berlin Youth exchange, Dr. Naison has published articles about Bronx music and Bronx culture in German, Spanish, Catalan, and Portuguese as well as English, and given talks about these subjects in Germany, Spain, and Italy. He recently published a novel, Pure Bronx, co-written with his former student Melissa Castillo-Garsow, and a book of essays on educational policy and Bronx history, Badass Teachers Unite. His seventh book is Before the Fires, An Oral History of African American Life in the Bronx From the 1930s to the 1960s.


Shabbat Dinner

Friday, November 9 | 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