Events mark 10th anniversary of Office of Jewish Affairs

April 1, 2005

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The Office of Jewish Affairs is marking its 10th anniversary this month with four programs which exemplify its efforts to build bridges of understanding and mutual respect between Jews and other religious, racial and ethnic communities on campus.

Israeli storyteller Noa Baum presents “A Land Twice Promised” on Tuesday, April 5 at 7:30 p.m. in Memorial Hall. The one-woman show illuminates the complex history and emotions surrounding Jerusalem for both Israelis and Palestinians. Based on Noa’s ongoing dialogue with a Palestinian woman whom she befriended while their young daughters played together, the performance bridges the gap between East and West, Arab and Jew, past and present. The program is free and open to the public.

The 7th Annual Freedom Seder will be celebrated on Sunday, April 10 at 5:30 p.m. in 1009 Campus Center. Based on the Jewish Passover Seder with its themes from the Exodus story, the Freedom Seder is a celebration of multicultural unity and our desire for all people to be free from slavery and other forms of oppression. Stories, poetry and songs from diverse traditions, and a dinner of traditional African-American and Jewish foods will be included. The seder is free for students. The event is primarily for students, but other community members are also welcome with advance registration; e-mail goldbaum@admin.umass.edu or call 545-9642 to pre-register.

“One By One: Descendants of the Third Reich and the Holocaust in Dialogue,” will be presented on Wednesday, April 13 at 7:30 p.m. in Memorial Hall. One By One is an international organization of descendants of Holocaust survivors and members of the S.S., Nazi party or German bystanders who came together for mutual healing through dialogue. Five panelists will share their family stories and personal journeys to reconciliation with the other. The event is free and open to the public.

On Wednesday, April 20, the Klezmatics, featuring Joshua Nelson, will perform "Brother Moses Smote the Water: Freedom Songs from the Jewish and African American Traditions.” The collaboration between the Klezmatics and gospel artist Joshua Nelson breathes new life into two musical traditions, telling a joyous story of inspiration and social action, in a celebratory dialogue between cultures and musical styles. The performance takes place at 8 p.m. in Bowker Auditorium. Admission is $12 general public, $8 for children 12 and under. Five College students are admitted free with ticket and ID. Tickets are available at the Fine Arts Center Box Office 545-2511.