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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.

Basic Information

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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E-mail: 
abb20@psu.edu
Phone Number: 
717-948-6727

Location

Events

Photographs from Ethiopia
12:00 pm
Morrison Gallery, Library

Photographer and writer Julian Voloj, explores questions of identity in his work. Tour the Morrison Gallery to view his photgraphs.

The Jewish Displaced Persons Crisis in Germany After 1945
12:00 pm — 2:00 pm
SEC Theater, Student Enrichment Center

Dr. Kierra Crago-Schneider is a program officer at the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. Her work focuses on Jewish Displaced Persons’ interactions with their non-Jewish neighbors in the American zone of occupied Germany. 

Featuring: Sherry V. Ostroff
7:00 pm — 9:00 pm
Morrison Gallery, Library

Join Sherry V. Ostroff as she discusses her first book, "The Lucky One." This book recounts the experiences of Ostroff's mother Ita, who was born in the former Pale of Settlement, a large swath of land in western Russia where Jews were forced to live for centuries. In 1918, Ita was caught in the middle of a civil war that followed the abdication of the last tsar. Wave after wave of murderous anti-Jewish riots, or pogroms, descended upon Jewish shtetls, and the only chance for her survival was to escape.

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News

Thu, 02/16/2017

Maly Jackson will present “A Walk to Freedom” as part of the Penn State Harrisburg Center for Holocaust and Jewish Studies speaker series, on Tuesday, February 21 at 7 p.m. in the library Morrison Gallery on campus.

Thu, 01/19/2017

Penn State Harrisburg will present a panel discussion, “Building Bridges Among the Faith Communities: Interfaith Dialogue and the Future (And Why Young People Should Care),” as a part of its Center for Holocaust and Jewish Studies speaker series on Tuesday, January 24 at 7 p.m. in the Russell E. Horn Sr. Spiritual Center, Student Enrichment Center on campus.

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Fri, 12/02/2016

Julian Voloj will present “Beta Israel: Photographs from Ethiopia” as part of the Penn State Harrisburg Center for Holocaust and Jewish Studies speaker series, on Monday, December 5 at noon in the library Morrison Gallery on campus. The gallery opening show will run from December 5, 2016 through May 1, 2017.

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