U-M event focuses on Detroit’s Jewish community

March 22, 2012
Contact: Jared Wadley jwadley@umich.edu


DATE: 9 a.m.-4 p.m. April 1, 2012.

EVENT: The Jewish Communal Leadership Program at the University of Michigan will hold a day of interactive learning and dialogue focused on the past, present and future of the Jewish community’s relationship with Detroit.

The program will be structured as a communal conversation. It will focus on:

  • The historical relationship of Detroit’s Jewish community to the city over the course of the 20th century and the relative presence and/or absence of Jews in Detroit throughout the city’s history.
  • Reflections from community members of different ages on their individual experiences in and perspectives on the city.
  • A series of focused plenary and table dialogues framing critical questions related to the community’s current relationship to the city and a request that attendees begin framing avenues toward continuing conversation on these issues.

The event’s purpose is to step back from the many projects that are refocusing Jewish Detroiters on the city in order to reflect upon the intentions, assumptions and aspirations informing these various projects.

This event is free and open to the public. Kosher breakfast and lunch will be served.

PLACE: U-M School of Social Work Educational Conference Center, 1080 South University Ave., Ann Arbor.

INFORMATION: Contact Ariel Pearl-Jacobvitz at (510) 325-5854 or ariel.pearl.jacobvitz@gmail.com or send a message to jclp.umssw@gmail.com.