2010-'11

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

Fall 2010

Little Town of Bethlehem
Sept. 28, 6 p.m., USF

"An inspiring true story of three men in a land gripped by fear, hatred, and division. Expected to be enemies, they instead strive together to end the cycle of violence" (littletownofbethlehem.org).

This event is co-sponsored by USF’s Department of Politics, Department of Theology & Religious Studies, and International Studies Program, Middle East Studies Program, and Peace and Justice Studies Program.

Ways to Peace in Israel and Palestine: Stories of Success
Nov. 2, 7:30 p.m., Oshman Family JCC, Palo Alto

What happens when you put Jewish and Palestinian university students together for a summer to learn about resolving ethnic conflict? This presentation explores the future of Jewish-Palestinian relations through an examination of the Abraham's Vision "Vision Program" with Co-Executive Directors Aaron Hahn Tapper & Huda Abu Arquob. (JCC admission fees are $12/member and $15/non-member; register on-line at www.paloaltojcc.org.)

Understanding Each Other Through Film: Palestinian and Israeli Perspectives
Nov. 15, 5 p.m., USF

Amy Kronish, a Jewish American-Israeli who has lived in Jerusalem since 1979, is a foremost expert on Jewish Israeli and Palestinian film. A former Director of Coexistence programs at the acclaimed Jerusalem International YMCA, Amy was the Curator of Jewish and Israeli Film at the renowned Jerusalem Cinematheque for 15 years. In this program Amy will examine controversial issues and trends as they manifest in contemporary Jewish Israeli and Palestinian filmmaking, including such complex themes as victimhood and collective memory.

This event is co-sponsored by USF’s Department of Politics, Department of Theology & Religious Studies, and International Studies Program, Middle East Studies Program, and Peace and Justice Studies Program.

Spring 2011

Pursuing Justice and Peace in Israel: Women, Palestinians, and the Israeli ‘Other’
Feb. 10, 7 p.m., JCCSF

For the third annual Social Justice Lecture of the USF JSSJ Program, we will be joined by Rabbi Amy Eilberg, an educator-activist who has been involved in significant social justice issues over the past four decades. Currently directing inter-communal dialogue programs in Minneapolis and St. Paul, MN, Amy teaches the art of compassionate listening in venues throughout the United States and is deeply engaged in Israeli-Palestinian reconciliation effort as well as issues of conflict within the Jewish community. Amy also works within the Jewish community on issues related to gender equality and is renowned for being the first female rabbi ordained by the Jewish Theological Seminary.

Peace in Israel and Palestine?
Feb. 11, 7:30 p.m., Congregation Sha’ar Zahav

Join Huda Abu Arqoub and Aaron Hahn Tapper, the Co-Executive Directors of Abraham's Vision, as they share their individual and collective vision regarding ways to end the seemingly intractable Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Working with Jews, Muslims, Israelis, and Palestinians, Abraham's Vision is part of a new intercommunal movement moving relations within and between these communities forward.

James Carroll and Jerusalem
March 31, 7 p.m., JCCSF

Author of the bestselling Constantine’s Sword now brings us Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the richly layered story of how this ancient city ignited the contemporary world and how it has impacted human history and contemporary conflict. (JCCSF admission fees are $17/members, $20/non-members, and free for USF students, who need to call ahead to 415.292.1233 to reserve seats.)

Social Justice Passover Seder: Freedom, Gender, and Sexuality
April 21, 6 p.m., USF

The third annual Social Justice Passover Seder of the USF JSSJ Program will be led by long-time social justice activist Rabbi Camille Shira Angel, the spiritual leader of Congregation Sha’ar Zahav, a progressive Reform synagogue comprised of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and heterosexual Jews and non-Jews. Light Pesadic snacks will be served.

Social Justice Shavuot Program: Jews, Gender, and Sexuality
June 7, 6 p.m., Sha’ar Zahav

The third annual Social Justice Shavuot Program of the USF JSSJ Program will be run in partnership with Congregation Sha’ar Zahav as well as Congregations Beth Sholom, Sherith Israel, JCCSF, and Temple Emanu-El. During the course of the evening the JSSJ Program will have an on-going track of four sessions that focus on gender and sexuality issues within the Jewish community.