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 service.