On Sunday, Nov. 22 at 1 p.m. Isaac M. Wise Temple will present the annual Hornstein Lecture, titled “Shoah Through Muslim Eyes,” in the Wise Learning at Home program. This lecture is part of the annual Wise Temple Hornstein Memorial Holocaust Lecture Series, which was established in memory of Drs. Lusia and Stephen Hornstein, longtime Wise Temple members and Holocaust survivors who believed that the lessons learned from the Holocaust of history and of the human spirit should always be remembered.

The Annual Wise Temple Hornstein Lecture is co-sponsored by the David and Nancy Wolf Holocaust and Humanities Center.

Although the Hornstein lecture usually takes place physically at Wise Center, this year, it will occur virtually and will be part of the Wise Temple adult learning program known as Wise Learning at Home – a virtual electronic learning program that was initiated in the fall of 2017. Speakers communicate via video conference technology with the congregation to create an interactive environment despite the physical separation. This format enables attendees to hear from foremost experts in the Jewish world. Speakers were excited to share their knowledge without having to travel. Congregants experienced face time with sought-after lecturers and could ask questions that were answered in real-time. It was a prescient development that is now an integral part of daily life during the pandemic for Wise Temple congregants.

Dr. Mehnaz Afridi will discuss her journey as a Muslim studying the Holocaust, her experiences interviewing survivors and how this work is important in bridging Jewish-Muslim relations. Dr. Afridi is an Associate Professor of Religious studies and Director of the Holocaust, Genocide, and Interfaith Education Center at Manhattan College. She teaches courses on Islam, the Holocaust, genocide, and issues of gender within Islam. Her recent book “Shoah through Muslim Eyes” was nominated for the Yad Vashem International Book Prize for Holocaust Research and the Jacob Schnitzer Book Award. The Hornstein Lecture is co-sponsored by Wise Temple’s Hornstein Lecture Fund and the David and Nancy Wolf Holocaust and Humanities Center and their audiences, as well as the larger Jewish community are warmly invited to join in this interesting program.

The Hornstein Memorial Holocaust Lecture Series is one of the staple programs among Wise Temple’s many Eitz Chayim adult learning opportunities. In addition to Saturday morning Torah study, Wise Temple hosts several other regular classes covering the breadth and depth of Judaism, including Tuesdays with Torah, Talmud and Rabbinic Judaism Class, iEngage, and Downtown Lunch and Learn. Speakers and topics cover a variety of interesting subjects, but each program has a casual and welcoming atmosphere, designed for beginner and advanced students alike. 

Registration is required for the Wise Learning at Home Hornstein Lecture featuring Dr. Afridi.

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