Participate in the Manzil Midrash/Conflict Series with Oregon Hillel

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Oregon Hillel will be hosting a series of events throughout spring term. Please see below for opportunities to engage in meaningful dialogue.

Manzil Midrash: Famous Muslims & Jews 

Thursday, April 7th; 7:00-8:30 pm.; Condon 280

Facilitators: Ethan Brutzkus; TAMID Israel Business Group & Alex Reasoner; Muslim Student Association

This session will be a fun introduction to Spring term as the two facilitators will go over contemporary and historical Jewish and Muslim characters. In an effort to break down stereotypes, they will delve into a cross section of people (politicians, doctors, athletes, celebrities, prophets, judges, etc.) and will end with a discussion about media and its impact on religion.

Conflict Conversation: Historical Narratives of Israel

Thursday, April 21st, 7:00-8:30 pm; Straub 253

Facilitators: Drew Williams; Muslim Student Association & Erin Horwitz; Jewish Student Union

This session will look at the history of the State of Israel and the historical narratives of the Israeli and Palestinian peoples [prior sessions have gone into some history via nationalism & Jerusalem]. The conversations will lead to an open discussion about the Israeli Day of Independence and Al Nakhba and allow for participants to share their own personal connections to the Israeli/Palestinian narrative.

Manzil Midrash: Muslim-Jewish Relations

Thursday, April 28th, 7:00-8:30 pm; Mills International Center

Facilitators: Drew Williams; Muslim Student Association & Abbey Bell; Oregon Hillel & J Street U

This session will delve into national and international relationships between the Muslim and Jewish religions; efforts that have been made in pursuit of connecting the two faiths and how these two religions align and differ in their values.

Conflict Conversation: The Impact of Terrorism on Jews & Muslims

Thursday, May 12th, 7:00-8:30 pm; Straub 253

Facilitators: Lev Silberstein; Oregon Hillel & Awab Rawi; Arab Student Union

This final conflict conversation for the year goes into a difficult topic, especially with what is currently happening in the Palestinian-Israeli conflict. The facilitators will delve into the effects that terrorism, media bias, and stereotyping have had on the Conflict; working with participants to debunk myths, read beyond headlines, and discuss how perceptions affect reality.

Manzil Midrash: Concluding Culinary Event

Thursday, May 19th: 7:00-8:30 pm; Mills International Center

Facilitator: Erin Horwitz

The Manzil Midrash leadership team aims to work with Jewish, Muslim, and Arab student organizations on campus to create a culinary experience that allows students to partake in other cultures. Believing that engagement comes best when sharing both a meal and a story, this end of year event is meant to bring people together and hearing about participants’ stories/histories/beliefs and impact of the program thus far.