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Jacob Perlow Series


Seven myths about the Holocaust

Werner Reich

A presentation by Werner Reich, author, magician, and survivor

Tuesday, April 2
7:00 PM, Gannett Auditorium, Palamountain Hall
Free and open to the public

Werner and his family were residents of Berlin, Germany when the Nazis came to power in 1933. His father, an electrical and mechanical engineer lost his job thereafter, prompting the family to move to Zagreb, Yugoslavia. 

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in Her Footsteps

In Her Footsteps

Award-winning documentary film In Her Footsteps
Film screening followed by an interview of director Rana Abu Fraiha by Sarah Friedland, director of MDOCS Storytellers Institute

With an introduction by Murat Yildiz, Assistant Professor of History, Skidmore College

Monday, February 11
7:00 PM, Gannett Auditorium, Palamountain Hall
Free and open to the public

Sponsors: Perlow Lecture Series
Co-sponsors: MDOCS, History, International Affairs, Political Science, Gender Studies, Religious Studies, Sociology, Hillel, Muslim Students Association, and the Office of Religious and Spiritual Life. 

Israel 2017 | 75 minutes | Hebrew, Arabic | English subtitles


In Her Footsteps documents an entire family torn between fulfilling a dying mother's last wish, societal regulations, and familial expectations. The film explores family intimacy, secrets, and dilemmas and raises serious questions about gender, identity, and community through the lens of Rana Abu Fraiha’s family in Omer, Israel.

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Kosher/Soul?: Black-Jewish Identity Cooking

Mount Sodom, Stephen Shore

A lecture by Michael Twitty

With an introduction by Nurcan Atalan-Helicke, Associate Professor of Environmental Studies and Sciences, Skidmore College 

Monday, March 25
7:00 PM, Filene Recital Hall in Filene Building
Free and open to the public

Being African American and Jewish is for many a combination that many can’t wrap their heads around. However, for thousands of Jews of color, having heritage, faith, and family in both Diasporas—African and Jewish—and their many intersections means creating material, social, and ideational lives that interweave identities and histories. For Michael, this includes food and the ways Black and Jews have mediated otherness and oppression using what they eat as well as the global stories Diasporic foodways have to offer. Join Michael on an exploration and a taste of what he calls, “Koshersoul.”

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About the Jacob Perlow Series: A generous grant from the estate of Jacob Perlow - an immigrant to the United States in the 1920s, a successful business man deeply interested in religion and philosophy, and a man who was committed to furthering Jewish education - supports annual lectures and presentations to the College and Capital District community on issues broadly related to Jews and Judaism.