Steven Windmueller, a specialist on political issues and American-Jewish affairs, will lead programs today and Tuesday this week in the Everett Jewish Life Center at Chautauqua.
Michael Berenbaum, a noted scholar of the Holocaust, will address “The Uses and Abuses of the Holocaust in Contemporary Politics” at 3:30 p.m. Monday at the Everett Jewish Life Center. He will also speak on “Controversies Memorializing the Holocaust” at the 12:15 p.m. Brown bag lunch Tuesday at EJLCC.
Berenbaum, a scholar, rabbi and filmmaker, is best known for his work as deputy director of the President’s Commission on the Holocaust, project director of the Holocaust Museum in Washington, D.C., and director of the museum’s Research Institute. He had a major role in the museum’s creation as well as in the development of the permanent collection. He is the author or editor of 18 books, including After Tragedy and Triumph, The World Must Know-Anatomy of the Auschwitz Death Camp and Not Your Father’s Anti-Semites. As filmmaker, he co-produced the Academy Award-winning film One Survivor Remembers: The Gerda Weissmann Story.
Daniel Kotzin, professor of history at Medaille College in Buffalo, will speak on “Jewish Soldiers during the Civil War” at 12:15 p.m. today for a Brown Bag at the Everett Jewish Life Center. Kotzin also lectured at EJLCC on Monday afternoon.
Kotzin is the author of Judah L. Magnes: An American Jewish Nonconformist, the story of how Magnes, an American Reform Rabbi and the first chancellor of the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, was able to help shape Jewish public life in the 1930s and 1940s in what was still Palestine. His unique conception of Zionism helped influence both the development of the Hebrew University and Zionist policy toward the Arabs.
“I’m all about my people, I’m all about my people,” Matthew Bar raps, “Ha Shomer Achi Anochi, Ha Shomer Achi Anochi.”
Bar is a rapper and the founder of The Bible Raps Project, a program that aims to innovate Jewish learning through freestyle, hip-hop and rap music.
At 10:30 a.m. Sunday, Bible Raps will host an interactive program at the Everett Jewish Life Center at Chautauqua. The group will perform and lead a workshop helping others to create their own raps as means of expression and interpretation. It will also lead a Torah study at 2 p.m. Saturday.