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Center for Holocaust and Jewish Studies

Arthur Bornstein & American soldiers with children in displaced persons camp after WWII

Besides being an inviting physical space providing research materials in print and other media in the Penn State Harrisburg Library, the Center for Holocaust and Jewish Studies is actively involved in outreach programming such as public performances of music, drama, and dance; screenings of films along with discussions by their makers; and lectures and book talks with nationally recognized writers and researchers on the Holocaust and Jewish Studies. It is a research and teaching space for faculty, community members, and students, and also a creative space where the public can visit to be informed and inspired by music, literature, and art. As the name implies, it centers many activities in the university and regional communities in a single visible place. A staff drawn from the faculty is directly responsible for its operation.

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The Center works to bring people from the Central Pennsylvania region and the university together in a common interest of remembering and teaching the Holocaust and Jewish Studies. The primary mission is: (1) provide educational opportunities for teachers and students on the Holocaust and Jewish Studies, and (2) organize activities in these areas reaching out to the community and public.

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7:00 pm — 9:00 pm
C213, Olmsted Building

Kol Haneshama, the Harrisburg Jewish Community Chorus, was formed in September 2014 as the result of the vision of its founder, Janet Frankel Staub. The mixed voices chorus includes members from all five Harrisburg area congregations and performs Jewish-themed a cappella music under the choral direction of Marina Cherepinsky.

12:00 pm — 1:30 pm
Gallery Lounge, Olmsted Building

Galit Hasan-Rokem, professor emeritus at the Hebrew Literature department in the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, will be presenting "The Wandering Jew between Folk Legend and Modern Literary Imagination."

The Definition of Anti-Semitism
7:00 pm — 9:00 pm
Morrison Gallery, Library

Kenneth L. Marcus is the founder and president of the Louis D. Brandeis Center for Human Rights Under Law and author of the award-winning Jewish Identity and Civil Rights in America.

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Mon, 11/23/2015
Lisa Shifren

As part of Penn State Harrisburg’s Center for Holocaust and Jewish Studies speaker series, Lisa Shifren will have a gallery opening and artist’s talk to discuss her recent body of work, “Grace. Dignity. Humility. Compassion. Photographic Portraits: The Holocaust Survivors of Baltimore” on Tuesday, December 1 at noon in the campus library Morrison Gallery.

Thu, 10/15/2015
Joseph Hirt

Joseph Hirt will present “A Survivor’s Plea,” as part of the Penn State Harrisburg Center for Holocaust and Jewish Studies speaker series, on Thursday, October 22 at noon in the library Morrison Gallery on campus.

Hirt is a Holocaust survivor who lived during, and witnessed, one of the cruelest periods of World War II. One of the few survivors still living, Hirt shares his part of that history to assure that the Holocaust will be known and remembered.

Mon, 09/28/2015

Penn State Harrisburg’s Center for Holocaust and Jewish Studies received the 2015 Peter J. Shellem Champion of Justice Award from the South-central Pennsylvania Chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union.

The center has been recognized for its efforts to advance the causes of civil rights and social justice.

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