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Dislocation, Justice and Renewal: A Comparative Study of Three Exiles with Jan Flaska

Dislocation, Justice and Renewal: A Comparative Study of Three Exiles

Dr. Flaska on sabbatical in eastern Europe, turned his attention to forced migrations in a variety of places and times with a view towards injustice and resilience. In this talk, he will consider Lakota in South Dakota; Jews in Central Europe; and the Kanienkeha:ka Mohwak community near Montreal.

Tu B'Shevat, Havdalah and Poetry

We invite you to join us on February 6th for a celebration of Tu B'Shevat - The New Year for the Trees. We will begin at 7 p.m. with Havdalah ( the ritual at the end of Shabbat) and then we will share poems that celebrate trees, nature, growth, winter, hope and renewal. This is just a partial list of the themes of our wonderful winter holiday that honors the trees and their actual and symbolic importance in our lives. We invite you to read a poem that you love or a poem that you have written that speaks to any of these themes or others that have meaning for you.

The Lost World of African-American Cantors 1915-1953

The history of Black-Jewish cultural interaction primarily focuses on how Jews adopted and adapted Black vernacular music -- ragtime, jazz, swing, R&B and blues, etc. --as performers, promoters, managers, club owners and record labels. However, what has never before been explored were the African-Americans who performed Yiddish and cantorial music in and for the Jewish community, in theaters on record, radio and in concert between the World Wars.


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