989 Spring 2019 The Holocaust: A Study in Values with Rabbi Aft
Wednesday, 2:30–3:55, May 1
Fairfax Lord of Life
Instructor: Rabbi Bruce Aft
Coordinator: Velma Berkey
As we are about to commemorate Yom HaShoah, Holocaust Commemoration Day on May 2, we will be looking at a number of fictional characters who represent different types of people who would have been alive during the Holocaust period. As Rabbi Aft presents their stories orally and through written documentation, we can talk about whether we think these figures were responsible for this horrific moment in history. Many of us may be familiar with the famous quote by the German theologian and Lutheran pastor, Martin Niemoller, who said, “Then ‘they’ came for me, and there was no one left to speak for me.” What can we do to prevent hatred in our world?
Rabbi Aft, a graduate of the Reconstruction Rabbinical College in Philadelphia with a master’s of social work from Temple University, has been the spiritual leader at Congregation Adat Reyim in Springfield for 27 years. In addition to his congregational responsibilities, he spent 29 years working at the BBYO International Kallah, a Jewish leadership program for teenagers. Feeding his passion for improving race relations, Rabbi Aft has served on the Operation Understanding DC board for almost 20 years promoting dialogue between Black and Jewish teens. He has been an adjunct professor at Marymount University, George Mason University, and the University of Mary Washington.