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

Fall 2009

Rabbi Gershom and The Jews of Africa
Nov. 1, 11:45 a.m., USF

Jews are an amalgam of many peoples and include a multitude of ethnicities, languages, nations, and tribes. Over the centuries, Jews migrated from their original epicenter — the geographic crossroads of Africa, Asia, and Europe — to the “four corners of the world.” Although there have long been sub-Saharan African Jewish communities, little is known about them. Come learn about the Ugandan Jewish community, with their leader, Rabbi Gershom Sizomu.

Spring 2010

Ending the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict: Grassroots Peacemaking
Feb. 3, 10, and 17, 7 p.m., JCCSF

On February 3, Ronit Avni will deliver the second annual University of San Francisco Swig Program Social Justice Lecture. Avni is the founder and Executive Director of Just Vision, an organization empowering nonviolence leaders and civic peace builders. This is part one is a three-part series. In part two (February 10), the Co-Executive Directors of Abraham’s Vision, Huda Abu Arooub and Aaron J. Hahn Tapper, will speak about their work with Jewish, Muslim, Israeli, and Palestinian youth. In part three (February 17) student-alumni from Abraham’s Vision programs will discuss their experiences and hopes for the future. This event is co-sponsored by the JCC of San Francisco and Lehrhaus Judaica. **The cost for this three part series is free for USF students and faculty, $30 for JCCSF members, and $40 for non-members.

Jews of Color: In Color
Feb. 10, 11:45 a.m., USF

Scattered Among the Nations’ powerful photo exhibition, Jews of Color: In Color, will be hosted by the University of San Francisco, the first time the exhibit will be on display at a non-Jewish institution. Though the exhibit of Jewish communities from Ghana, India, Mexico, and Zimbabwe will be displayed on campus from January through March, on February 10 we will be joined by the creator and photographer of the project, Bryan Schwartz, who will give a presentation on this important exhibit.

Social Justice Passover Seder: Ending the Genocide in Darfur
April 1, 6 p.m., USF

The second annual University of San Francisco Swig Program Social Justice Passover Seder will be led by long-time social justice activist Rabbi Lee Bycel. All donations from the evening will support the Darfur Reconciliation and Development Organization. This event is co-sponsored by San Francisco Hillel as part of their Jewish Culture Week, and is partially supported through the Walter & Elise Haas Fund.

Social Justice Shavuot Program: Ending the Genocide in Darfur
May 18, 6 p.m., Congregation Emanu-El

The second annual University of San Francisco Swig Program Social Justice Shavuot Program will be run in partnership with Congregation Beth Sholom, Congregation Chevre Tehilim, Congregation Sherith Israel, JCCSF, and Temple Emanu-El. During the USF Jewish Studies and Social Justice Program portion of the round-robin evening, we will learn with local scholars and Darfuri refugees about the on-going crisis in the Sudan and ways that we can transform, and end, this genocide.