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The Refugee: Fleeing Oppression from the Exodus to Modern Times

  • Jewish Community Library 1835 Ellis Street San Francisco, CA 94115 (map)

A free symposium co-sponsored by Lehrhaus Judaica and the Jewish Community Library. Free garage parking off Pierce Street between Ellis and Eddy streets.

Historians, activists, journalists, and refugees will examine today’s worldwide refugee crisis. Millions are fleeing war, oppression, tyranny, poverty, floods and droughts. Capital and commodities flow freely around the world while borders — both real and imagined — create separation and estrangement between people.

The symposium will consider the refugee as archetype, explore historical forms of the refugee from a Jewish perspective, examine the current global refugee crisis, and learn what we can do as a community and as individuals.

Opening keynotes 
John Efron, The Refugee in Jewish History 
Mona Rasho Malik, The Assyrian and Yezidi Genocide 
Fred Rosenbaum, Flood Tide: How the Current Refugee Crisis is Remaking Europe

Breakout sessions 
John Efron, Jewish Refugees from Nazi Germany, Before and After WWII 
Jehon Grist, Jewish Refugees in Ancient Egypt 
Eran Kaplan, What Happened in 1948? 
Sarah Levin, Jewish Refugees from Arab Lands Since 1948 
Mona Rasho Malik, The Assyrian and Yezidi Genocide 
Avi Rose, Resettling Syrian and Other Refugees in the 2016 Bay Area 
Fred Rosenbaum, Hitler's Long Shadow: Germany, Austria, and a Million Muslims 
Mark Schapiro, The Global Challenge of Climate Change Refugees

Closing performance 
Joel Ben Izzy, Stories of LGBT Refugees

For more information and to pre-register, which is strongly encouraged, click here.

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