Mason Hillel to Host ‘Expressions of the Holocaust’ Dinner

Posted: October 23, 2013 at 5:01 am, Last Updated: October 24, 2013 at 7:02 am

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burning candleIn November, George Mason University’s Jewish student association, Mason Hillel, will host a community dinner to honor Holocaust survivors. The Expressions of the Holocaust dinner will feature thematic art, music and poetry by George Mason students, faculty and community members, and will raise funds for a fellowship to be sponsored by Mason Hillel.

“The event will both build a bridge to the past for the local community and help keep us to our promise of Never Again,” says Mason Hillel executive director Ross Diamond. “Only by working together can we understand the past and make sure that it does not repeat itself.”

Aside from the dinner’s ticket sales and donations, funds will be secured through tributes in a commemorative journal, sponsorships and a silent auction, all of which will be used to help underwrite a future Holocaust Education Fellow position at Mason Hillel. Students chosen for the fellowship will raise awareness about the Holocaust and will work to inform others about genocide in the world today.

Mason Hillel’s ultimate goal is to create a genocide studies program at Mason, which includes the Holocaust as a pivotal point of the program. The group hopes to connect a donor with the program and to endow a professorship in Holocaust education at Mason.

The community dinner will be the first to honor Mason’s regional Holocaust survivors and the first local event commemorating the 75th anniversary of Kristallnacht, the Night of the Broken Glass. This event — when thousands of Jews were attacked and incarcerated, and Jewish-owned shops, schools and synagogues across Nazi Germany and Austria were destroyed — is considered to mark the beginning of the Holocaust.

The Expressions of the Holocaust dinner will be held on Wednesday, Nov. 13, from 6:30 to 9 p.m. at the HUB Ballroom on Mason’s Fairfax Campus. Mason students will be admitted free with a $10 deposit to secure attendance. Please visit this site for ticket information. Community members can purchase tickets for $54 per person at www.regonline.com/dinnerhonoringsurvivors.

Mason Hillel, the Center for Jewish Campus Life at Mason, is located in the Johnson Center in Room 239H. For information about the program, please visit hillel.gmu.edu or call 703-993-3321; e-mail hillel@gmu.edu.

Write to Robin Herron at rherron@gmu.edu

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