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JLife Extra- April 1, 2024

After the Holocaust the American Jewish community debated how to preserve Jewish culture and life as members became affluent, moved to suburbia and integrated into American society. The solution they came up with was the Jewish residential summer camp, which remains ubiquitous today.

On Monday, April 8  at 7:30 p.m. Sandra Fox, the Goldstein-Goren Visiting Assistant Professor of American Jewish History at New York University, will discuss her  new book, “The Jews of Summer: Summer Camp and Jewish Culture in Postwar America,” at a program sponsored by Rutgers University’s  Allen and Joan Bildner Center for the study of Jewish Life. The program will be held at the Douglass student Center in New Brunswick.

The camps, which sprung up across the United States and remain a part of Jewish culture, became places where Jewish children and teens could socialize, recreate and experience Jewish culture.

Fox’s book was a finalist  for the National Jewish Book Award in the category of American Jewish studies. In addition to her teaching. she is director of the Archive of the American Jewish Left in the Digital Age and is founder and executive producer of the Yiddish-language podcast Vaybertaytsh: A Feminist Podcast in Yiddish and is on the editorial board of In geveb: A Journal of Yiddish Studies. Her research interests include American Jewish history, the history of youth and childhood, Yiddish culture and the history of sexuality.

The program is free, but advance registration is required at bildnercenter.rutgers.edu.

With antisemitism rates rising in both red and blue states and cities and rural areas alike, come learn how to counter that hate from Rabbi Diane Fersko, author of the book, “We Need to Talk About Antisemitism,” on Monday, April 8 at  7 p.m. at the Jewish Community Center of  Middlesex County in Edison. During the program, co-sponsored by the Jewish Federation in the Heart of New Jersey, she will explore  topics such as the vile myths about Jewish people and the intersection of antisemitism with other forms of discrimination. Fersko will touch on how  both Jews and non-Jews alike can push back with a message of solidarity and love.

Fersko is senior rabbi at the Village Temple in Manhattan, has served as national vice president of the Women’s Rabbinic Network and is a member of the New York Board of Rabbis. She has been teaching about antisemitism for more than  decade.

Cost is $15. For information contact Donna Oshri at the JCC at (732) 494-3232; doshri@jccmc.org or go to its website, jccmc.org.

The Jewish Heritage Museum of Monmouth County in Freehold will hold an opening reception on Sunday, April 14 at 3 p.m. for its latest exhibit, Albert Einstein: Champion of Racial Justice and Equality, on display from April 8-June 30. Speakers will be James Howard, executive director of the Black Inventors Hall of Fame; and Jakora Thompson, director of the Paul Robeson Cultural Center.

The exhibit will feature a dozen small panels on loan from the Princeton Einstein Museum of Science that explore Einstein’s contributions to civil rights and his close friendship with African-Americans in Princeton and beyond.  The exhibit will delve into how Einstein worked to help the Black community and his numerous close friendships with some of the last century’s civil rights leaders, including Paul Robeson and W.E.B. DuBois.

Admission is $50, of which $10 will be donated to the Paul Robeson Cultural Center at Rutgers University. RSVP requested at (732) 252-6990;  jhmomc@optonline.net or go to  jhmomc.org.

Author, Muslim feminist and former Wall Street Journal reporter Asra Nomani will speak about antisemitism on Sunday, April 14 at 4 p.m. in a free Zoom program sponsored by the Jewish Federation in the Heart of New Jersey and the Daniel Pearl education Center (DPEC) at Temple B’nai shalom in East Brunswick and the Muslim Reform Movement.

Nomani will address antisemitism before and after the Oct. 7 Hamas terrorists attack on Israel, her fight to the Muslim extremism that  divides people “with a sectarianism that used her friend and fellow Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl’s identity as a Jew as an excuse to brutally murder him.”

Dr. Judea Pearl, father of the slain journalist, will join the discussion

She has been a friend and supporter since its inception more than 20 years ago of the non-profit DPEC,  named after the Wall Street Journal Southeast Asia bureau chief, murdered in 2002 by Pakistani extremists. It is dedicated to developing the tolerance and understanding that Pearl cherished.

Asra is the author of “Woke Army: The Red-Green Alliance That Is Destroying America’s Freedom” and “Standing Alone: An American Woman’s Struggle for the Soul of Islam” and a regular commentator on MSNBC, CNN, Fox News, the Washington Post, the New York Times and BBC.

The first 50 people who register and attend the entire program will receive a free copy of her Woke Army book. Register at jewishheartnj.org. For information contact Dan Rozett at federation at danr@jewishheartnj.org.


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