Umd Center For Jewish Culture Announces Spring Events

DARTMOUTH, MA.  The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth Center for Jewish Culture announced its spring events schedule. Continuing its lecture series for the semester, there will be a special viewing of Ruth Behars fascinating documentary film, Adio Kerido on Sunday, March 28 at 2 p.m. in room 153 of the Visual and Performing Arts building on the main campus in Dartmouth.

DARTMOUTH, MA. – The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth Center for Jewish Culture announced its spring events schedule. Continuing its lecture series for the semester, there will be a special viewing of Ruth Behar’s fascinating documentary film, Adio Kerido on Sunday, March 28 at 2 p.m. in room 153 of the Visual and Performing Arts building on the main campus in Dartmouth. 

UMass Dartmouth Professor Dr John Twomey will introduce the film and lecture series, which is dedicated to the memory of UMD Professor Joseph Vinci. The film is $5.00 and open to the public. Parking is available in lots 8 and 9. 

Adio Kerido is a deeply personal documentary about the search for identity and history among Sephardic Jews with roots in Cuba. Filmmaker Ruth Behar was born in Havana, Cuba and came to live in New York with her family in 1962. As a poet, essayist, editor and ethnographer, Behar has traveled extensively throughout Spain, Mexico, and Cuba and has written about a wide range of cultural issues. 

She was awarded the MacArthur “genius” award in 1988 at the start of her career as an anthropologist, and has been the recipient of many prestigious fellowships for her work, including a John Simon Guggenheim award in 1995. She received the Distinguished Alumna Award in recognition of outstanding achievement and service from Wesleyan University in 1997. In 1999, Latina magazine named her one of the fifty Latina women who made history in the twentieth century. 

Later this spring on Monday, April 26 at 4 pm, the Center for Jewish Culture will present a lecture by retired UMass Dartmouth Professor Pete London entitled “Drawing Closer to Nature - Making Art in Dialogue with the Natural World”. Professor London, a renowned painter and visual artist, will explore the relationships between visual art forms and the natural environment as "an artist, Jew, and stone turner." The lecture will be held in the Faculty Dining Room, located on the second floor of the Campus Center at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth and refreshments will be served. 

The spring program concludes on May 14 with a joint Shabbat Dinner and service at Tifereth Israel Synagogue at 6 P.M. The dinner and service is co-sponsored by the Holocaust Education Committee of the Greater New Bedford Jewish Federation and the First Friday Committee of Tifereth Israel. Holocaust educator Miriam Klein Kassenoff, a consultant for the Miami Dade County public schools, will speak that evening about her family's escape from Czechoslovakia to the United States during World War II. 

Reservations to attend the dinner and lecture can be made by calling Sharon Elston at Tifereth Israel Synagogue at 508-997-3171. 

Anyone interested in additional information about the film and lecture series or about the UMD Center for Jewish Culture, should contact Lew Dars or Cynthia Yoken. 


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