Jewish life in Europe focus of Green Valley exhibit, talk

David Graizbord

The art gallery at the Beth Shalom Temple Center in Green Valley is presenting “Visiting Your Roots,” featuring photographs and pamphlets from recent trips to Austria, the Czech Republic, Germany, Hungary and Poland, through Feb. 15. Photographs from BSTC members, family and friends highlight memorials, camps, synagogues and museums.

Historian David Graizbord, Ph.D., will speak on “Blooming? … Where We Are Planted” at a reception for the exhibit on Sunday, Jan. 8 at 2 p.m., exploring how Jews continue to enrich Eastern European countries in the face of newly emerging challenges.

Graizbord is an associate professor at the Arizona Center for Judaic Studies at the University of Arizona. His special interests are modern Jewish history, the history of anti-Semitism and Jewish identity. He is also a noted scholar on “new Christians” or conversos from the Iberian peninsula who became Jews in exile.

Light refreshments will be served.

Also through Feb. 15, the BSTC art gallery showcase will display Hanukkah dreidels and menorahs on loan from members. For more information, call 648-6690.