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Fall 2008


Mapping Israel’s Future
September 14, 7PM, CONGREGATION BETH JACOB, REDWOOD CITY
This is part one of “Israel at Sixty: Toward Peace?,” a four-part series being held at Congregation Beth Jacob (Redwood City, CA) on less-examined components of the state of Israel as related to the future of Israelis and Palestinians. In this program Professor Aaron J. Hahn Tapper, the University of San Francisco Swig Chair of Judaic Studies and founding Director of the Swig Program in Jewish Studies and Social Justice, will discuss how the visual language of maps embodies the struggle over the identity of this land. [Free]


Encounter Point
October 12, 7PM, CONGREGATION BETH JACOB, REDWOOD CITY
In part two of the CBJ four-part series, after watching the acclaimed movie Encounter Point participants will have a discussion on the film’s content led by Professor Hahn Tapper. This movie tells the story of individuals from the Bereaved Parents Forum, Israelis and Palestinians who have lost a family member in the seemingly intractable Israeli-Palestinian conflict yet continue to work toward ending this conflict. [Free]


Anti-Semitism in the Bay Area?
November 9, 7PM, CONGREGATION BETH JACOB, REDWOOD CITY
Since 2000, Bay Area campuses such as San Francisco State University and the University of California, Berkeley, have received a great deal of media coverage related to violent student demonstrations. But are these the only voices found on these campuses? In part three of the four-part CBJ series, Jewish and Palestinian students from Bay Area campuses will share their experiences as participants in the Vision Program, a ten-month conflict transformation fellowship run by Abraham's Vision (www.abrahamsvision.org). [Free] 

UPDATE: RE-SCHEDULED TO SPRING 2009


A War of Words “A War of Words: Jews, Muslims, and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict on American University Campuses”
November 18, 12PM, T&RS Dept., USF, main campus, kalmanovitz hall 165
Professor Hahn Tapper will discuss how university campuses in the US have become a virtual battleground for the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. [Free]


Whose Bible? The Politics of Translation
November 20, 7PM, Contemporary Jewish Museum, san francisco
Professors Willis Barnstone (University of Indiana), Naomi Seidman (Graduate Theological Union), and Aaron J. Hahn Tapper (University of San Francisco) will discuss the contemporary cultural and political relevance of biblical translation and commentary as part of the Contemporary Jewish Museum’s public education series. [Free with Admission]


An ‘Other’ Perspective: Toward Peace?
December 14, CONGREGATION BETH JACOB, REDWOOD CITY
In part four of the CBJ series, Huda Abu Arqoub, a Fulbright Scholar with a Master's degree in Conflict Transformation who has spent more than 25 years living and studying in the West Bank, will discuss why she has dedicated her life to generating peace between Jews and Palestinians, despite growing up in the midst of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Abu Arqoub is the Co-Executive Director of Abraham’s Vision, an educational organization working with Jews, Muslims, Israelis, and Palestinians. [Free]

 

SPRING 2009


No Religion is an Island: The Imperative of Social Justice

FEBRUARY 4, 7PM, JCCSF
The first annual University of San Francisco Swig Program Social Justice Lecture will be given by Peter Geffen, a social justice activist of over 40 years who is a former student of renowned social justice activists Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. This event is co-sponsored by the JCC of San Francisco. [Free with advanced reservations only; contact the JCCSF Box Office.]


Anti-Israelism in the Bay Area?
APRIL 5, 6PM, CONGREGATION BETH JACOB, REDWOOD CITY
Since 2000, Bay Area campuses such as San Francisco State University and the University of California, Berkeley, have received a great deal of media coverage related to violent student demonstrations. But these are not the only voices found on these campuses. Offered in partnership with CBJ, students from Bay Area campuses will share their experiences as participants in the Vision Program, a ten-month conflict transformation fellowship for Jewish and Palestinian university students run by Abraham's Vision (www.abrahamsvision.org). [Free with advanced reservations only; contact eitan@abrahamsvision.org.]


Social Justice Passover Seder: Ending the Genocide in Darfur
APRIL 13, 6-8PM, USF, MCLAREN 250-251The first annual University of San Francisco Swig Program Social Justice Passover Seder will be led by long-time activist Rabbi Lee Bycel, the Western Region Executive Director of the American Jewish World Service, a leading international developmentorganization dedicated to alleviating poverty, hunger, and disease in the non-industrialized world regardless of race, religion, or nationality, an organization at the forefront of working to end the genocide in Darfur. This event is co-sponsored by AJWS. 


Liz Lerman: Art and Genocide
APRIL 15, 1:30-3:15PM, USF, STUDIO/THEATER, LONE MOUNTAIN
World famous artist and choreographer, MacArthur Fellow, and founder of Art Exchange Liz Lerman will present a demonstrative commentary on her project Embodying Witness, helping participants grasp the challenging topic of human rights abuses and the question of how individuals and societies should respond.

APRIL 15, 5:30-7PM, USF, STUDIO/THEATER, LONE MOUNTAIN
Liz Lerman will give an animated keynote address on the process of choreographing “Small Dances about Big Ideas.” Both April 15 programs are co-sponsored by USF’s Performing Arts and Social Justice Program, Temple Emanu-El, and the Institute on Aging.


An ‘Other’ Perspective: Toward Peace?
MAY 3, 6PM, CONGREGATION BETH JACOB, REDWOOD CITY
Huda Abu Arqoub, a Fulbright Scholar with a Master's degree in Conflict Transformation who has spent more than 25 years living and studying in the West Bank, will discuss why she has dedicated her life to generating peace between Jews and Palestinians, despite growing up in the midst of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Abu Arqoub is the Co-Executive Director of Abraham’s Vision, an educational organization working with Jews, Muslims, Israelis, and Palestinians. [Free with advanced reservations only; contact eitan@abrahamsvision.org.]

UPDATE: RELOCATED TO PRIVATE RESIDENCE. CONTACT EITAN@ABRAHAMSVISION.ORG.


Shavuot and Social Justice: Ending Modern Slavery
MAY 28, 5-8PM, CONGREGATION SHERITH ISRAEL, SAN FRANCISCO
The first annual University of San Francisco Swig Program Shavuot and Social Justice program will be offered in partnership with Congregation Beth Sholom, Congregation Sherith Israel, JCCSF, Temple Emanu-El, and Not for Sale, a leading ngo working to end human trafficking. Hosted by JCCSF this will be the culminating spring 2009 event in a larger campaign to raise awareness in the Bay Area Jewish community about, and energize activists against, modern day slavery still taking place in California, the United States, and beyond.