Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Interfaith Relations: Remembering the Night of Broken Glass

This weekend, the Jewish Culture Club at Gordon College will host a program presented by Comfort My People (CMP), a North Shore group of Christians and Jews dedicated to improving interfaith relations and supporting the people of Israel.

CMP produces creative educational programs that draw lessons from the history of anti-Semitism and the Holocaust. Its goal is to raise global awareness on current and renewed signs of hatred, injustice and violence directed toward Israel.

This Sunday, November 6, at 6:30 p.m. in the A. J. Gordon Chapel, CMP will host a program recalling the anniversary of the Night of Broken Glass in Germany.
This event, which happened in November of 1938, was the catalyst for the the Holocaust when Jewish businesses, synagogues and schools were violently destroyed. The program will begin by educating people on the Holocaust and will conclude with a call to continue to support Jewish people by advocating for peaceful living in their ancient homeland.

Gordon student Brian Craig '13, head of the Gordon College Jewish Culture Club, worked closely with the CMP's  Board of Directors to plan the November 6 program. "The evening will provide an opportunity to welcome a large number of Jewish and Christian visitors to campus," said Marv Wilson, professor of biblical and theological studies. "It will bring together people concerned about the history of human rights--especially anti-Semitism and the Holocaust."

The event will include video footage from the Night of Broken Glass, stirring testimonies from Holocaust survivors, and live music from Schindler's List. The program will also feature brief presentations from Dr. Charles Jacobs, a Jewish activist, journalist and president of Americans for Peace and Tolerance; and The Rev. Dr. Dennis Hale, professor of political studies at Boston College. Gordon College students will also participate in various parts of the program.

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