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Rites of Passage: How Today’s Jews Celebrate, Commemorate, and Commiserate

Rites of Passage: How Today’s Jews Celebrate, Commemorate, and Commiserate

“Rites of Passage: How Today’s Jews Celebrate, Commemorate, and Commiserate” is the topic of the 21st Annual Klutznick-Harris Symposium on Sunday, Oct. 26 and Monday, Oct. 27 at the Jewish Community Center and Creighton University. The symposium is free to the public.

The Sunday events at the Jewish Community Center, 333 S. 132 St., begin at 10:30 a.m. Keynote speaker Vanessa L. Ochs, Ph.D., associate professor of religious studies at the University of Virginia, will present “New Jewish Traditions: The Ones That Stick and the Ones That Don’t,” at 7:30 p.m. Monday’s events in the Skutt Student Center on the Creighton campus will begin at 8:45 a.m. and continue through 2:00 p.m.

Some of the topics included in the two-day event are: “More Bar Than Mitzvah': Anxieties Over Wedding and Bar Mitzvah Celebrations in Post-War America;” “The Mendell Family and Gerrold Hirsch –Without a Minyan: Adjusting to Jewish Life in a Small Midwestern Town;” and "Materializing New Jewish Ritual: Jews with Jewish Tattoos."

The complete schedule can be found at: http://www.creighton.edu/ccas/klutznick/2008symposium/program/index.php

For more information, please contact Fran Minear, 280-2303 or fminear@creighton.edu.

The symposium is presented by the Creighton University Klutznick Chair in Jewish Civilizations, the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Harris Center for Judaic Studies and is cosponsored by the Kripke Center at Creighton.