Utah Valley University
Tuesday, November 28, 2017
Classroom Building (furthest north building on main Orem campus–just east of the track & field)
Free parking immediately west of the Classroom Building
The panel discussion is free & open to the public
Judaism is the most popular faith in the United States, yet there is an upsurge in anti-Semitism across the country, the rise of nationalism, the escalation of neo-Nazi and white-supremacist movements, and hesitancy of some elected officials to unequivocally denounce racism, fascism, and bigotry contribute to this disconcerting trend. The Interreligious Engagement Initiative at Utah Valley University and the UVU Interfaith Student Council welcome to campus three distinguished leaders of Utah’s Jewish community. Together, they will address issues including the state of Judaism in Utah and the U.S. and consider current swells of AntiSemitism in their own experience and those of their congregations.
Dr. Blair Van Dyke, co-advisor to the Utah Valley University Interfaith Student Council explained that “Jews have been marginalized and persecuted throughout the course of American history. Even so, significant strides have been made toward civility and respect toward Jews. The reality of the Holocaust, the Catholic Church’s formal disavowal of AntiSemitic teachings in Vatican II, deep admiration of Judaism in broad swaths of evangelical Christianity and, most importantly, the remarkable contributions of Jewish Americans in education, science, literature, industry, and governance all combine to account for the respect generally afforded Judaism today. And so, the current spike in AntiSemitism is particularly troubling. Exposing students to a dialogue among Jews will promote greater understanding of successes and challenges in the faith and encourage them to respond to Judaism thoughtfully and reject AntiSemitism.”
For additional information contact Blair Van Dyke at firstname.lastname@example.org