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30th annual Symposium on Jewish Civilization to explore questions of exile, homecoming

The 30th annual Symposium on Jewish Civilization, jointly sponsored by Creighton University, the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and the University of Nebraska at Omaha, returns Oct. 29 and 30 with sessions at Creighton, UNO and the Omaha Jewish Community Center.

This year’s symposium, titled “Next Year in Jerusalem: Exile and Return in Jewish History,” will tackle the long and crucial history of Jewish exile and return, place and displacement. Sessions on Sunday, Oct. 29, at UNO will run from 9 to 11:30 a.m., in Room 132D of the College of Public Affairs and Community Service. Also on Oct. 29, from noon to 5 p.m., presentations will take place at the Jewish Community Center, 333 S. 132nd St.

Sunday evening will conclude at the Jewish Community Center with a keynote musical performance by Marina Krupoves of Vilnius, Lithuania, and Gerard Edery, of Warsaw, Poland, performing “Exile and Return: A Musical Journey.”

The symposium concludes Oct. 30 at Creighton’s V.J. and Angela Skutt Student Center Mutual of Omaha Ballroom, with presentations from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Sixteen scholars from around the world will weigh in on such subjects as the Jewish diaspora, Zionism, Jewish conceptions of leaving and going home, the Jewish ghetto, the role of exile in Jewish art and theology, homelessness and the place and perspective of Jerusalem.

Sponsoring academic chairs and centers are the Klutznick Chair in Jewish Civilization and the Kripke Center, both at Creighton, the Harris Center at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and the Schwalb Center at UNO.

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