SJC to Host Kristallnacht Observance

LONG ISLAND, NY – November 4, 2011 - The Institute for the Study of Religion in Community Life at St. Joseph’s College is pleased to announce that it will host an evening of Jewish-Christian dialogue in remembrance of Kristallnacht featuring guest lecturer  Rabbi Gary Bretton-Granatoor on Tuesday, November 8 in the McGann Conference Center on the College’s Long Island Campus.

“The purpose of this event is to commemorate the night of Kristallnacht, reach out to the Jewish community in the Patchogue area and raise consciousness among students and the community at large about the horrors of the Holocaust and the dangers of ethnic and religious bigotry,” said Thomas Petriano, chair of the Department of Religious Studies at SJC.

A recognized expert in interfaith relations and well-known lecturer, Rabbi Gary Bretton-Granatoor is the vice president of philanthropy at the World Union for Progressive Judaism, an international umbrella organization of the Reform, Liberal, Progressive and Reconstructionist movements, which serves, nurtures and supports more than 1,200 congregations and more than 1.8 million members worldwide. He is a former director of the education division and interfaith affairs at the Anti-Defamation League. Author of numerous articles and editor of two books, Rabbi Bretton-Granatoor’s  most recent book is titled A Jewish View of Cults.

The evening will begin at 6 p.m. with a kosher buffet, followed by Rabbi Bretton-Granatoor’s lecture at 7 p.m. and a discussion at 8 p.m. A Kaddish will be led by Rabbi Joel Levinson of Temple Beth El in Patchogue immediately following the discussion.

This event is open to the public. A $10 fee includes entry and dinner. For more information, call 631.687.5100.

About St. Joseph's College

St. Joseph's College has been dedicated to providing a diverse population of students in the New York metropolitan area with an affordable education rooted in the liberal arts tradition since 1916. Independent and coeducational, the College provides a strong academic and value-oriented education at the undergraduate and graduate levels, aiming to prepare each student for a life characterized by integrity, intellectual and spiritual values, social responsibility, and service. With campuses located in the Clinton Hill area of Brooklyn and in Patchogue, Long Island, the College offers degrees in more than 29 majors, special course offerings and certificates, affiliated and pre-professional programs.

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