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Summer Limmud 2019: Saying Hineini – Moral Conscience and Courage

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TRS Summer Adult Limmud 2019

Saying Hineini – Moral Conscience and Courage

Thursdays, July 11 - August 1, 7-8:30 pm

What does it take to stand up for others in need, even when that puts us at risk? How can we be “upstanders” and not “bystanders”?

We will explore the psychology, challenges, and impact of saying “Hineini” in our four-session Summer Limmud series. Each session takes a different – but connected – approach: from inspiring stories of Holocaust rescue to 1960’s racial desegregation at Glen Echo Amusement Park to today’s “change agents,” reaching out with passion and compassion to help others. Outstanding speakers, an award-winning documentary film, and participant engagement frame this compelling question: “How can I be a force for good when I am called on to act?”

July 11: Renowned New York City psychotherapist Dr. Eva Fogelman introduces our theme of Moral Courage, highlighting her talk with excerpts from her Pulitzer Prize-nominated book Conscience and Courage: Rescuers of Jews During the Holocaust. Dr. Fogelman’s father was saved by non-Jewish farmers during the Holocaust. She herself was born in a German displaced persons camp after World War II. These experiences led to her groundbreaking work in the psychology of people who defied authority to help others.

July 18: Film and Discussion - Hiding and Seeking: Faith and Tolerance After the Holocaust. (This session will be extended to two hours for those who wish to stay after the film for discussion.) This profoundly poignant documentary explores barriers to trust and understanding that enable us to hide behind our beliefs. The characters seek to discover new truths in a world that varies widely from the familiar and the “safe.” Hiding and Seeking folds Holocaust rescue into a complex intergenerational visit to the past to discover tolerance for the “other,” and hope for the future.

July 25: The Glen Echo Protests: From Rescue to Resistance. Local white Maryland citizens, many Jews, together with black students from Howard University, brought the civil rights movement into our community with the successful 1960 campaign to desegregate Glen Echo Amusement Park. In a historic campaign that reached all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court, the picketers broke discriminatory old traditions to create a more equitable new law. Some were moved to keep on resisting as, for them, Glen Echo segued into Freedom Rides in the Deep South. “For the rest of my life,” said one of the local Jewish protesters, “I want to be a witness.”

August 1: Responding with Hineini – Making a Difference Today. Our series concludes with the personal stories from three contemporary individuals who heard the call to action and responded to rescue others. Moderated by Rabbi Jeffrey Saxe, today’s “Hineini Heroes” will describe what they are doing, why and for whom they are doing it, and what impact their actions are having. Our goal is to inspire, energize, and motivate attendees to seize their own “Hineini” moment to build a more just and peaceful world.

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