A Story of Understanding
How does a young German who has never met a Jew understand the Holocaust?
We will hear that story told on Yom Hashoah, when Professor Charlotte Fonrobert explains what it was like growing up in post-Holocaust Germany.
Prof. Fonrobert is the Director of the Taube Center for Jewish Studies at Stanford University. She is a Talmud scholar with interests in gender, Jewish-Christian relations, and the connection between religion and space. She is co-author of the Cambridge Companion to the Talmud and Rabbinic Literature, and winner of the Salo Baron Prize for best first book in Jewish studies.
Prof. Fonrobert's personal story, however, will be the focus of her remarks at our Yom Hashoah commemoration..
Raised as a cultural Protestant, Prof. Fonrobert was taught about the Holocaust in German schools, but never met a Jew until she was 20 and became involved in Jewish-Christian dialogue. Encountering Talmud at a Christian seminary and studying for the first time with a rabbi in Berlin launched a long path from Jewish death to Jewish life. Prof. Fonrobert will trace this path in the context of the changes that mark the way Germany has dealt with its Nazi past.
Among Prof. Fonrobert's many responsibilities at Stanford, she participates in their Overseas Program in Berlin, where she teaches students about the politics of memory.
Our annual Yom Hashoah commemoration begins with a beautiful service, including poetry, music, and the lighting of memorial candles in memory of the victims of the Holocaust. All are welcome; please share this event with your friends.
Date: Wednesday, May 4
Time: 7:30 pm
Place: Beth Emek, 3400 Nevada Ct., Pleasanton