Gannon University Hosts Interfaith Shabbat
Posted: October 22, 2015
Gannon University will host an interfaith service marking
Shabbat, the Jewish Sabbath, on Friday, October 23 at 6:15 p.m. in
the Yehl Room in the Waldron Campus Center, 214 W. Seventh St.
The traditional service will be led by members of Temple Anshe
Hesed, Erie's Reform synagogue, with readings by members of the
Gannon University community, including students and Deacon Steve
Washek, director of Gannon's campus ministry.
The Holocaust will be a focus of the service and will be the
theme for readings chosen for the occasion.
The interfaith Shabbat is the final event associated with
"Deadly Medicine: Creating the Master Race," a traveling exhibition
created by the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.
"This service perfectly represents what we hoped to do by
bringing Deadly Medicine to Gannon," said Linda Fleming, Ph.D.,
dean of Gannon's College of Humanities, Education and Social
Sciences who will be a reader for the service.
"We wanted to honor the suffering of the Jewish people and
recognize the common humanity of us all. While we have sponsored
several events in conjunction with the exhibition, this one was the
only one that we included in our proposal to the Holocaust Museum.
It was in our hearts and our plans from the very beginning, and
it's a very fitting way to end."
The exhibition, which can be seen at Nash Library through
October 28, examines how the Nazi leadership, in collaboration with
individuals in professions traditionally charged with healing and
the public good, used science to help legitimize persecution,
murder, and ultimately, genocide.
All are welcome to attend. Refreshments will be served after the