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We will share a common intellectual experience as we read the novel When the Emperor Was Divine, by Julie Otsuka. The book follows one Japanese American family's experience when they were forced to live in an internment camp during World War II. Programs will be held throughout the semester, centered on the novel’s themes of racism, prejudice, and the dangers of stereotyping. READ MORE

  • Armenian Exhibit 100x140Contact Chhange to purchase: Hundred-Year Legacy of Courage: Celebrating the Lives of Armenian Genocide Survivors in Our Community.

  • ChiyoMoriuchi 100x140pBrookdale Read speaker, N. Chiyo Moriuchi, October 6, 2016.

  • The Cats of Mirikitani 100x140pFilm: Jimmy Mirikitani, internment camp survivor and artist, November 3, 2016.

  • Julie Otsuka 100x140pJulie Otsuka, author of When the Emperor was Divine, November 17, 2016.


The Pope and the Jews: Interfaith Dialogue

Carol RittnerScholar Carol Rittner will begin the discussion with background on papal-Jewish relations going back to Pope John XXIII, and will include Pius XII and the Holocaust, as well as world behavior during the Holocaust. Dr. Carol Rittner, RSM is Distinguished Professor of Holocaust & Genocide Studies at The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey. She is the author or editor of 16 books and numerous essays in various scholarly and educational journals about the Holocaust and other genocides of the 20th and 21st centuries.

Rabbi Jeff Sultar of Congregation B’nai Israel will give a response, followed by Fr. Bob Schecker of The Church of the Nativity. There will be a Q&A session following the responses.

This program is free of charge and refreshments will be served.

Co-sponsored by Congregation B’nai Israel, The Church of the Nativity, and The Center for Holocaust, Human Rights & Genocide Education at Brookdale Community College.

Download Interfaith Dialog event flyer.

Wednesday, April 2, 7:00 PM
Sanctuary & Social Hall
Congregation B’nai Israel
171 Ridge Road, Rumson, NJ 07760

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