New Residence Halls

Tour Information       The Exhibit       Special Events       Home       Directions

April 21, 2009 - July 31, 2009
Alvernia University
Franco Library & Learning Center

Upcoming Special Events

July 28, 2009  Interfaith Closing Ceremony and Reception
4:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. - Franco Library & Learning Center steps
Reception to follow Closing Ceremony
Free and open to the public
Exhibit will remain open until 10:30 p.m.
for ceremony, and close officially on July 31.

 

 

 

----------- Past Special Events

April 21, 2009   Exhibit Opening
Holocaust Remembrance Day
12:00 p.m. - Recognition, library steps
12:00 - 4:00 p.m. - guided tours through exhibit
4:00 p.m. - Alvernia University Lecture Series, Rabbi Howard Hirsch and Bishop Richard Hanifen: "Christian-Jewish Dialogue, a Vision of Shalom"

Bernardine Franciscan Conference Center, adjacent to the Alvernia University Campus.

April 23, 2009   Private Reception
Staff, Faculty, Anniversary Committee and Board Appreciation Reception
4:30 - 6:30 p.m.

April 28, 2009   "Paper Clips", award winning documentary
7:00 p.m., Bernardine Hall, Lecture Hall
Drinks and snacks provided, anyone welcome.

PAPER CLIPS is the moving and inspiring documentary film that captures how these students responded to lessons about the Holocaust-with a promise to honor every lost soul by collecting one paper clip for each individual exterminated by the Nazis. Despite the fact that they had previously been unaware of and unfamiliar with the Holocaust, their dedication was absolute. Their plan was simple but profound. The amazing result, a memorial railcar filled with 11 million paper clips (representing 6 million Jews and 5 million gypsies, homosexuals and other victims of the Holocaust) which stands permanently in their schoolyard, is an unforgettable lesson of how a committed group of children and educators can change the world one classroom at a time.  To find out more visit www.paperclipsmovie.com/synopsis.php.

April 29, 2009   Israel 61st Independence Day
11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. cafeteria
11:15 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Lester Hirsch (Jewish music)
Presented by Academic Committee

May 17, 2009   Mass, Saint Mary's Catholic Church
12th and Spruce Streets, 4:00 p.m.

This special celebration is in honor of Alvernia University for their 50 Years of Catholic Education to the community, their sponsorship of the exhibit "A Blessing to One Another" and the 89th anniversary of the late John Paul's II's birth. Choral music by combined choirs will begin at 3:30 PM.

Please plan to join us in this celebration honoring Alvernia University, and the contributions of John Paul II to relations between the Catholic and Jewish faiths.

May 30, 2009
Alumni Event

July 16, 2009    Tour and Jewish Dialogue
6:30 p.m. - Franco Library & Learning Center

A question and answer program will take place following the tour with Dr. Phillip A. Cunningham, Director of the Institute for Jewish-Catholic Relations of Saint Joseph’s University in Philadelphia and Rabbi Brian Michelson of the Reform Congregation Oheb Sholom. This event is free and open to the public, with a dessert reception to follow.

The Chabad of Berks County, the Jewish Cultural Center (JCC), the Kesher Zion Synagogue, the Reform Congregation Oheb Sholom, and the Holleran Center for Community Engagement at Alvernia co-sponsor this joint community tour.

July 19, 2009
Theater trip to New York City
Broadway production of Irena’s Vow

The Holleran Center of Community Engagement is joining the Jewish Cultural Center of Reading on Sun. July 19, 2009 in sponsoring a theater trip to New York City to see Tovah Feldshuh in the Broadway production of Irena’s Vow. One Woman. Twelve lives. Only one choice.
 
Ms. Feldshuh returns to Broadway in a critically acclaimed, tremendously moving new play. Featuring a cast of ten, Irena’s Vow is the riveting, life-affirming story about one of the most courageous and unsung heroines World War II. During the German occupation of Poland, Irena Gut Opdyke, a Polish Catholic, was forced to work as head housekeeper for a prominent German Major. Over a two-year period of service, Irena would risk her own life to protect the lives of twelve refugees whom she secretly took under her care.
 
Bus leaves @ 9:30 am from the Jewish Cultural Center of Reading 1100 Berkshire Blvd., Wyomissing and returns immediately following 3:00 matinee.

Cost is JCC members $155 non-members $175; reservations and payment must be received by May 15, 2009. Please send check to JCC of Reading 1100 Berkshire Boulevard Suite 125,Wyomissing, PA 19610
Please contact Jayne Kleinman @ jfrjaynek@comcast.net or 610 921-0624 if you have any questions

 

Seniors College Courses offered:
A Blessing to One Another: Pope John Paul II and the Jewish People - 4 Weeks
Ginny Hand, Nelson Simonson, Bernardine Franciscan Sisters, Rabbi Alan Weitzman
This course will examine the relationship between Pope John Paul II and the Jewish People, which is the subject of the “Blessing Exhibit.” After examining relevant historical, theological and spiritual perspectives, the course will conclude with a private guided tour of the Blessing Exhibit (displayed on the grounds of Alvernia University.)
Dates: 4/14,21,28. Exhibit Monday, May 18
Time: 2:00 – 3:30 PM
Cost: $40.00
Place: Phoebe Berks Village, 1 Reading Drive, Wernersville

A Blessing to One Another: Pope John Paul II and The Jewish People - 4 Weeks
Ginny Hand, Nelson Simonson, Bernardine Franciscan Sisters, Rabbi Alan Weitzman
This course will examine the relationship between Pope John Paul II and the Jewish People, which is the subject of the “Blessing Exhibit.” After examining relevant historical, theological and spiritual perspectives, the course will conclude with a private guided tour of the Blessing Exhibit (displayed on the grounds of Alvernia University.)
Dates: 4/15,22,29 Exhibit Wednesday, May 6th
Time: 1:30 – 3:00 PM
Cost: $40.00
Place: Upland Center, Community Room, Room 103

-----------

Sponsored by Alvernia University and the Holleran Center for Community Engagement.

A Blessing to One Another: Pope John Paul II and the Jewish People was created and Produced by Xavier University, Hillel Jewish Student Center (Cincinnati), and the Shtetl Foundation.

This traveling exhibition was made possible by the following funders: Xavier University, The Jewish Foundation of Cincinnati, and the Holleran Center for Community Engagement.

 

Contact the Holleran Center for Community Engagement for more information:
610-790-2880
Blessing.exhibit@alvernia.edu