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June 5

The Bildner Center joins the Rutgers community in grief and outrage at the death of George Floyd and the deaths of so many other Black Americans that have resulted from systemic racism and racial violence in our country. In this time of national pain, we are redoubling our commitment to social justice and the values of civility and tolerance for all Americans regardless of race, religion, ethnicity, and sexual orientation. The Herbert and Leonard Littman Families Holocaust Resource Center has a longstanding mission to reduce prejudice and promote tolerance through the study of the past. During the pandemic, we continue to work with public school teachers through online programming.

Stay connected to the Bildner Center with lectures, articles, music, and films to sustain and entertain you. This week we focus on faculty research and our Holocaust education summer seminars.

Raucher SquareIs There a Jewish Continuity Crisis?

Join Professor Michal Raucher for her online talk Is There a Jewish Continuity Crisis? for the Jewish Theological Seminary on June 8, 2020, at 1:00 p.m. She will examine the concepts of Jewish continuity and demographic crisis in relationship to the cultivation of enduring Jewish values.

Dr. Raucher is an assistant professor of Jewish studies at Rutgers and a former fellow at the JTS. She is the author of Conceiving Agency: Reproductive Authority among Haredi Women (Indiana University Press, forthcoming, fall 2020).

Writing the Life of Lucy S. Dawidowicz

From Left to RightJoin Professor Nancy Sinkoff for a talk about her acclaimed new book, From Left to Right: Lucy S. Dawidowicz, the New York Intellectuals, and the Politics of Jewish History (Wayne State University Press, 2020), the first comprehensive biography of Dawidowicz (1915–1990), a pioneer historian in Holocaust studies. The book chronicles Dawidowicz’s story as a window into twentieth-century Jewish life.

SinkoffPresented by the Bildner Center, the event will be held on June 17, 2020, at noon. Register here.

Dr. Sinkoff is academic director of the Allen and Joan Bildner Center for the Study of Jewish Life and associate professor of Jewish studies and history at Rutgers.

‘From Left to Right’ Review: Singed but Not Consumed by Benjamin Balint, Wall Street Journal

Read a blogpost by Professor Sinkoff about Lucy S. Dawidowicz, feminism, and women's history.

MTI Goes Virtual

The Master Teacher Institute (MTI) in Holocaust Education has moved online during the current public health crisis with two upcoming programs for middle and high school teachers.

An introductory seminar, “Holocaust History: Rescue and Resilience,” will be held June 29—30. “Media and Migration in Uncertain Times,” an advanced seminar for alumni of the MTI program will be held July 1—2. For more information or to register, contact Sarah Portilla at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

The MTI is a dynamic advanced training program to develop expert teachers in Holocaust studies who will serve as resource providers in their schools, districts, and communities. It is a vital component of the Herbert and Leonard Littman Families Holocaust Resource Center at the Bildner Center.

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