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Tradition & Tevye: October 13 Pre-Show Discussion

Posted by Sarah Mitchell | 28 August 2013

Tradition & Tevye:
A pre-show conversation with Senior Rabbi Michael Z. Cahana of Congregation Beth Israel and Natan Meir, Assistant Professor of Judaic Studies at Portland State University.
Sunday, October 13 at 1 p.m.
On the Mezzanine
This Conversation is FREE and open to the public!
Rabbi Michael Z. Cahana joined our community in July 2006, becoming the 18th Senior Rabbi to serve Congregation Beth Israel in Portland, Oregon. Leading congregations throughout the East Coast, Rabbi Cahana has strived to create vibrant and inclusive Jewish communities. Rabbi Cahana's academic interests are the interface of religion and science with a particular emphasis on medical ethics. He has served on the Central Conference of American Rabbi's Committee on Human Sexuality and chaired its ad hoc committee on Physician Assisted Suicide. He continues to serve on community boards and inter-religious councils, and is a past president of the Oregon Board of Rabbi. A comprehensive bio can be found here.
Natan M. Meir is the Lorry I. Lokey Associate Professor of Judaic Studies and Academic Director of the Schnitzer Family Program in Judaic Studies at Portland State University. His research interest is modern Jewish history, focusing on the social and cultural history of East European Jewry in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. He is the author of Kiev: Jewish Metropolis, 1859-1914 (Indiana University Press, 2010) and co-editor of Anti-Jewish Violence: Rethinking the Pogrom in East European History (Indiana, 2010). Meir is currently working on a study of vulnerable and marginalized groups among East European Jews in the nineteenth century. He was a consultant for the Jewish Museum and Tolerance Center of Moscow, which opened in November 2012. Meir received his Ph.D. in Jewish history from Columbia University in 2003.
Co-produced by Portland Center Stage and The Oregon Jewish Museum in conjunction with the Oregon Jewish Museum’s exhibit “The Original Fiddler – Sholem Aleichem’s Theater,” currently showing on the mezzanine here at the Gerding Theater at the Armory.
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