UVU Interreligious Engagement Initiative to host discussion of Judaism, anti-semitism

The Interfaith Student Council at Utah Valley University welcomes leaders of Utah’s Jewish community to discuss the current state of Judaism in Utah and the current swells of Anti-Semitism among their congregations. The panel will take place on Thursday, November 28th from 7:00-8:30 p.m. in the UVU Classroom Building, Room 511.

The panelists include Cantor Wendy Bat-Sarah of Congregation Kol Ami (Salt Lake City); Rabbi Benny Zippel of Chabad Lubavitch (Salt Lake City); and Rabbi David Levinsky of Temple Har Shalom (Park City). Th ey will explore contemporary Judaism and the realities and implications of racist and religious bigotry. Students and members of the community will be able to enjoy a face-to-face encounter with these prominent leaders.

“Though Judaism is currently one of the most active religions in the United States, Jews have been systematically marginalized and persecuted throughout the course of American history,” said Blair Van Dyke, co-advisor to the Interfaith Student Council. “Exposing students to a dialogue among Jews will promote greater understanding of successes and challenges in the faith and encourage them to respond more deeply and thoughtfully to this vibrant faith community.”

KlezBros will provide Yiddish celebratory music to open the dialogue.

The event is free and open to the public and part of UVU’s Interreligious Engagement Initiative.

For more information, contact:

Blair Van Dyke, blairvandyke@msn.com, 801.655.3757
Courtney Burns, courtney.burns@uvu.edu, 801.863.5455