This event has been postponed to allow for folks to attend the JCRC “How Did We End Up Here” event. More information here.
Another Begegenen (MZ Active Adults) Outing!
Join us for a private tour of the exhibit, Symbolic Significance: Tracing the History of Jewish High Holidays and the First Day of School, as well as the storage caverns at the UofM Andersen Library with Jewish Archivist (and MZ memebr) Kate Dietrick.
In Minnesota, this first day of school occurs in September and has at times conflicted with the Jewish high holidays, forcing students, staff, and faculty to choose between their religious practice and the symbolic start of their education. Over the past decade, more school districts have begun to recognize non-Christian faith holidays as they plan their academic calendars. These changes and the shifting respect for other religions and cultures didn’t happen overnight, but rather have played out over a decades-long struggle for minority visibility and understanding.
Together with her colleagues, Kate Dietrick has created an exhibit (closing in January 2024) that examines the history of Jewish community members working with local school districts to make space for Jewish Minnesotans to practice their religion without conflict.
Typically closed on Sundays, the Andersen library will be opened for our group, for a schedule that includes:
10:00 – Overview discussion of the exhibit, with bagels and coffee
10:15 – “On your own” time to peruse the exhibit itself
10:45 – Reconvene to discuss impressions and personal experiences
11:15 – Tour of the archive’s storage tunnels, 6 stories underground (a unique and rare experience!)
Elmer L. Andersen Library, University of Minnesota
222 21st Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55455