Recent events in Israel and Gaza have led to significant loss of life and increased tensions in our community. This panel will engage the Canisius community and members of the Western New York Jewish community in a dialog about the larger historical context of the current crisis and its impact on the region’s Jewish community.
Panelists were identified by Rob Goldberg, CEO of the Buffalo Jewish Federation, with assistance from Nancy Rosenbloom, professor of History.
The panel, moderated by Tom Chambers, dean of the College of Arts & Sciences and professor of history, will include an overview of how scholars come to understand contentious modern issues and the complexity of international relations. At least half of the time will be devoted to dialog with the audience.
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Ted Steinberg was a Distinguished Teaching Professor in the Department of English at SUNY Fredonia, where he also served as Director of the Honors Program and of the campus Hillel organization. He has published books and articles about Yiddish literature, medieval Hebrew poetry and Jewish life in the Middle Ages. Since his retirement, he has been translating Yizkor Books, records of Jewish communities that were destroyed in the Holocaust, from Yiddish into English for the Jewish Genealogical Society.
Rabbi Sara Rich serves as the Rabbi of Temple Beth Tzedek, a Conservative Jewish congregation in Amherst. Before transitioning to the synagogue, Rabbi Rich worked with Jewish college students, first as the Director of Education at the Princeton University Hillel, and then as Executive Director of Hillel of Buffalo, which serves students from UB, Buff State, Canisius, and all campuses in WNY. Rabbi Rich earned her rabbinical ordination from Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion, New York, where she also received a Master of Arts in Hebrew Literature. She has a Certificate in Experiential Jewish Education from Yeshiva University and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Maryland, College Park. She has been an active member of many organizations in the Buffalo area, including service as President of the Buffalo Board of Rabbis and Cantors, Secretary of the JCC of Greater Buffalo, and a Girl Scout Troop leader.
Submitted by: Tom Chambers, PhD, dean, College of Arts & Sciences