Wednesday, April 9, 2008

Holocaust Remembrance Week

For the first time at Western Washington University, Hillel will host Holocaust Remembrance Week, which will facilitate a week of workshops for the campus community (April 28th-May 1). We are very pleased to announce that the response from students and faculty about this event has been very positive and helpful. We have several members of our community working with us on this project, and I would like to highlight them:

Rabbi Cindy Enger- Rabbi Enger is a spiritual and community leader in our community. She currently serves as a the rabbi for Congregation Beth Israel. Rabbi Enger has a vast repertoire of experiences working within the Jewish community in areas spanning social services to spiritual and religious guidance. Prior to her rabbinical career, Rabbi Enger practiced law in Chicago. We are lucky to have her as our speaker for our event "Confronting Modern Holocaust Denial" on Tuesday, April 29th.

Reverend Christopher Berry- Rev. Berry has worked as an interfaith leader in our campus community for many years. He currently directs the Shalom Center, home of both Hillel of WWU and Lutheran Campus Ministries of WWU. In addition to numerous activities and areas of involvement, Rev. Berry sits on the advisory board of the Northwest Center for Holocaust, Genocide and Ethnocide Education at Western Washington University and has been a mentor to WWU Hillel throughout the years.

Dr. Ray Wolpow- Dr. Wolpow has led education efforts on the Holocaust in the Bellingham community for several years. He directs the Northwest Center for Holocaust, Genocide and Ethnocide Education at Western Washington University and has been an invaluable wealth of information for all students and community members who wish to learn and explore issues surrounding the Holocaust, genocide and ethnocide.

STAND (A Student Anti-Genocide Coalition)- STAND works to educate students and community members on the reality of the situation in Darfur, raise relief funds, and advocate for political action. We are grateful to have STAND co-presenting with us for our "Modern Day Genocide" program on Wednesday, April 30th.

I hope that you will consider joining us for this week of workshops and presentations, on which many leaders and experts in the community have colaborated with Hillel. All of the events are free, and parking in the C-lot (on the south side of campus) will also be free.


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