Jewish Cultural Celebration

Jewish Cultural Celebration 2020

Justice, Justice Shall You Pursue

November 2-6, 2020

“Justice, Justice Shall You Pursue” comes directly from the Torah where justice is considered a core principle in Judaism. Along with justice, education is also a core principle in Judaism, the Jewish Student Association encourages everyone to join this week’s events to learn about Judaism and the role plays in Jewish activism.

The History of Antisemitism

November 2  |  5pm  |  Register here for The History of Antisemitism

Antisemitism has been prevalent in societies worldwide for thousands of years. Join JSA and go back to learn about the history of antisemitism, what it has looked like, and how it affects us today.

Get Out and Vote!

November 3  |  All Day

In order to allow as many people as possible to vote on Election Day, JSA will not be having an event. Instead, please follow and tag @umwjsa in a picture of you with your “I voted” sticker on Instagram to enter our giveaway!

Jewish Cultural Celebration Keynote Speaker: Rabbi Dr. Julia Belser

November 4  |  5pm  |  Register here for the Jewish Cultural Celebration Keynote:  Rabbi Belser

Julia Watts Belser (she/her) is a scholar, rabbi, activist, and spiritual teacher.  She is a professor of Jewish Studies at Georgetown University and core faculty in Georgetown’s Disability Studies program, where she brings Jewish texts into conversation with queer, disability, and feminist ethics.  Her most recent book is Rabbinic Tales of Destruction: Gender, Sex, and Disability in the Ruins of Jerusalem.  A passionate advocate for disability and gender justice, she co-authored the Health Handbook for Women with Disabilities, developed in collaboration with disability activists from 42 countries, to help challenge the root causes of poverty, gender violence, and disability discrimination.  She also directs an initiative on disability, climate change, and environmental justice, which aims to address how disability communities are disproportionately affected by climate disruption.  When she’s not staying home for our collective safety, she’s a passionate wheelchair hiker and lover of wild places.

Challah Making Night

November 5  |  7pm  |  Register here for Challah Making

Challah is a braided bread typically shared during ceremonial occasions like Shabbat dinners and major Jewish holidays. Challah actually refers to the portion of the bread that is set aside as a tithe, or offering. Pick up a batch of Challah bread made by JSA and join a Zoom call to learn how to braid Challah!


November 6  |  5pm  |  Register here for Shabbat

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. Come end the week and learn about Shabbat with all its different traditions!


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