Learning About Other Traditions

interfaith symbolsIn Commemoration of The 50th Anniversary of Vatican II’s Nostra Aetate (The Church and Other Religions), Santa Teresa Parish presents a five part series about non-­Christian traditions. Promoting mutual respect and understanding to create a more peaceful world characterized by tolerance and good will. Featured speakers come from Muslim, Hindu, Zen Buddhist, Jain, and Jewish traditions. All are welcome! The series begins on Wednesday, November 18, 2015, 7:00 – 8:30 pm at Santa Teresa Parish, 794 Calero Ave, SJ 95123. See the Events Calendar for additional sessions.

“The Catholic Church rejects nothing that is true and holy in these religions. She regards with sincere reverence those ways of conduct and of life, those precepts and teachings which, though differing in many aspects from the ones she holds and sets forth, nonetheless often reflect a ray of that Truth which enlightens all men.” Nostra Aetate, Vatican II

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Eli Taub: After a long career at Kaiser Permanente as a pediatrician, Eli retired and is now an active member in many Jewish organizations. He served on the Santa Clara County’s Human Relations Commission and has helped plan the County Holocaust Remembrance Ceremony. Eli attended the University of Michigan and received his M.D. at the University of Chicago. He and his wife have two grown children and three granddaughters. Eli represents the Jewish religion.

Henry Millstein: Henry holds a Ph.D. in Jewish Studies, with a focus on Jewish-Christian relations, from UC Berkeley and the Graduate Theological Union,  and has taught humanities and history of religion at Stanford, UC Berkeley, UC Davis, and the Graduate Theological Union. He worked for 16 years in language and cultural preservation with the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs in Oregon, where he participated in their traditional religious life. His interfaith experience also includes involvement with Jewish and Buddhist communities. Henry represents the Christian religion.

Maha ElGenaidi: Maha is the founder of ING and author of training handbooks on outreach for American Muslims as well as training seminars for public institutions on developing cultural competency with the American Muslim community. She has an M.A. in religious studies from Stanford University and received her bachelor’s degree in political science and economics from the American University in Cairo. Maha has been recognized with numerous awards, including the “Civil Rights Leadership Award” from the California Association of Human Relations Organizations and “Citizen of the Year Award” from the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors. Maha represents the Muslim religion.

Laurie Wohl’s Birds of Longing: Exile and Memory

An Art Exhibition March 14th – May 2nd
Artist Reception with Laurie on Thursday, March 31st | 5:30pm

This project interweaves Muslim, Jewish, and Christian poetry and spiritual texts from the period of convivencia (co-existence) in Spain (8th-15th centuries), and from modern Middle Eastern poets, particularly Palestinian and Israeli.

Emphasis is on the common themes and striking parallels between Arabic and Hebrew texts, similarly rich in their poetry of spiritual love, an extensive poetry of exile, and poetry of nostalgia for Andalusia.

The project contains Wohl’s weavings, as well as an audio component which consists of readings in English, Arabic, and Hebrew that are interwoven to create a soundscape illustrating the commonality of the Middle Eastern languages.

Wohl will be at the JCC on March 31st as part of an interfaith panel discussion.

Two Among the Righteous Few: A Story of Courage in the Holocaust

Two Among the Righteous Few: A Story of Courage in the Holocaust

Marty Brounstein, author and public speaker will be speaking at the JCC to honor Holocaust Remembrance Day. (Holocaust Remembrance Day is May 5th this year. We will be having our speaker a bit early, on April 27th.)

Come hear the remarkable true story about a Catholic couple in the Netherlands who, despite great risk and danger, helped save the lives of at least two dozen Jews from certain death during World War II. Marty Brounstein will also explain the meaningful personal connection that inspires him to tell and retell the story of their heroic actions. His book will be available for purchase and signing after the presentation.

General admission $12, JCC members $10.
RSVP to events@apjcc.org or 408.357.7411.

Faith of Our Neighbors: Islam

Learn about Islam, its beliefs and practices in the context of modern western societies and current affairs. A short presentation will be followed by an open Q&A session moderated by a panel of the Muslim, Jewish and Christian clergy. ING’s Maha Elgenaidi will be a participating speaker

Interfaith Passover Unity Seder

Led by Rabbi Laurie Hahn Tapper and Father George Aranha, this interfaith celebration of a Passover Seder will include Jewish, Christian and Muslim participants. Members of other Faith traditions are welcome, as well.

RSVP by March 20 to Carol Rossi, 408-264-9786 or rossitwo@sbcglobal.net

Questions: contact diane@jvalley.org or call 408-357-7504

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Jewish Heritage Celebration- De Anza College

You are invited to experience an interactive overview of Judaism.  We will explore Jewish culture, diversity, and history. Some common myths and stereotypes are revealed by way  of discussion, stories, and candid questions such as “Who is a Jew?” and “What is Judaism?” Engage in the complexities of a 5,777-year-old culture that has persevered and contributed to the mosaic of modern day society. Enjoy Jewish culture, music, and tastes of food.

About the Trainer:  

Daryn Michelle Stier’s interest in diversity awareness and the cultural celebration began from childhood and took off when she attended Oberlin College for its social justice and cross-cultural awareness that was an integral fabric of its history and educational approach. There she began SOAR-Students Organized against Racism- in order to have an active student group whose primary purpose was to look at group ethnic and multi-racial communication skills as well as assessment modalities for institutional race awareness. At the University of Michigan, Daryn got her Masters in Social Work with a focus on Interpersonal Counseling and Community Organization. Daryn discovered an underserved population in the school’s coursework—women—and organized the student body to address the lack of any courses focusing on women in the curriculum. A course on women’s’ issues was developed and is now part of the school’s offerings. Daryn also worked at the University of Michigan’s Counseling Center and served on their Cross-Cultural Counseling Team.

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Funded by DASB Heritage Months-Multicultural Education Funds

Co-Sponsors: Co-Sponsors include Euphrat Museum of Art, Black Leadership Collective, African American Studies, Intercultural/International Studies Division, & VIDA

This event is ADA accessible. Please contact us if you require special accommodations, Adriana Garcia at GarciaAdriana@fhda.edu or 408-864-5636.

If you have any additional questions, please contact Jila Maleksalehi at maleksalehijila@fhda.edu

SiVIC Forum: I Am the Other

Stereotype word cloudJoin us on Sunday, July 23, 1:30 pm at the Bay Area Youth Vaishnav Parivar in Milpitas for a panel and discussion on countering stereotypes, religious illiteracy and hate crimes. Our panel includes distinguished speakers from Hindu, Jewish, Ahmadiyya Muslim and Sikh communities.

Full details and registration are available HERE.

SiVIC Forum Sunday: I Am the Other

Stereotype word cloudThis coming Sunday, July 23, join us at 1:30 pm at the Bay Area Youth Vaishnav Parivar in Milpitas for a panel and discussion on countering stereotypes, religious illiteracy and hate crimes. Our panel includes distinguished speakers from Hindu, Jewish, Ahmadiyya Muslim and Sikh communities.

Full details and registration are available HERE.