Jewish Student Union hosts Israel Week to promote cultural understanding on campus

The Jewish Student Union will host a series of events this week to bring the college community together for Israel week. (Photo courtesy of acroll via Flickr Creative Commons)

The Jewish Student Union will host a series of events for Israel week to promote cultural awareness on campus. (Photo courtesy of acroll via Flickr Creative Commons)

This week,  CofC’s Jewish Student Union is hosting a series of events to celebrate Israel Week. The goal of Israel Week is to foster cultural understanding and awareness within the college community by bringing people together through food, movies and discussions.

“You don’t have to be Jewish to be pro-Israel, you don’t have to be Jewish to enjoy everything Israel has to offer,” junior Kayal Sculnick, who is organizing the event, said. The event is open to anyone interested in increasing understanding and knowledge of Israeli culture.

On Monday, JSU is hosting a viewing of a few episodes of the Israeli television show “Prisoners of War,” the original show that the hit Showtime series “Homeland” was based off of from 6 to 9 p.m.at the Jewish Studies Center.

The JSU has joined forces with the Communications department to watch the film “Coming Out of the Dark” on Tuesday, an Israeli movie about two different citizens of two different countries, Israel and Pakistan, who fall in love and overcome obstacles of homosexuality. Watch the movie and listen to the director of the movie discuss the film in the Education Center room 118 at 7 p.m.

Join the group on Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. in the Jewish Studies Center for a authentic Israeli family style dinner with CofC trivia night.

On Thursday, JSU will partner with GSA and the Women’s and Gender Studies Department for a discussion on homosexuality in the Middle East from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. in the Jewish Studies Center, led by the Israel professor Oren Segal.  After the discussion, hang out in the Stern Center Gardens from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. for some snacks and relaxation.

The week ends with a Shabbat dinner celebrating the life of Avi Schaefer and promoting interfaith discussions on the campus. The program will be in the Stern Center Ballroom at 5 p.m. followed by dinner at 6:30 p.m. in the Jewish Studies Center.

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