2008-'09

Unless noted otherwise, all events were free and open to the public.

Fall 2008

Mapping Israel’s Future
Sept. 14, 7 p.m., Congregation Beth Jacob

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.

Encounter Point
Oct. 12, 7 p.m., CBJ

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.

Antisemitism in the Bay Area?
Nov. 9, 7 p.m., CBJ

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.

A War of Words "A War of Words: Jews, Muslims, and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict on American University Campuses"
Nov. 18, 12 p.m., USF

Professor Hahn Tapper will discuss how university campuses in the US have become a virtual battleground for the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Whose Bible? The Politics of Translation
Nov. 20, 7 p.m., Contemporary Jewish Museum

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]

Spring 2009

No Religion is an Island: The Imperative of Social Justice
Feb. 4, 7 p.m., Jewish Community Center of San Francisco

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.

Anti-Israelism in the Bay Area?
April 5, 6 p.m., 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).

Social Justice Passover Seder: Ending the Genocide in Darfur
April 13, 6 p.m., USF

The 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 p.m., USF

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.

An ‘Other’ Perspective: Toward Peace?
May 3, 6 p.m., private home, CBJ member

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.

Shavuot and Social Justice: Ending Modern Slavery
May 28, 5 p.m., Congregation Sherith Israel

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.