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Contact Us:

Michael Pytlik
Adjunct Assistant Professor of Anthropology
Director of the Cis Maisel Center for Judaic Studies and Community Engagement
Director of Judaic Studies
pytlik@oakland.edu

Cis Maisel Center for Judaic Studies and Community Engagement

Oakland University’s Cis Maisel Center for Judaic Studies and Community Engagement serves as a hub for education and community outreach on the rich tradition of Judaism and Jewish culture.

The Cis Maisel Center for Judaic Studies and Community Engagement was created through a generous gift by Cis Maisel, a community leader in southeastern Michigan and a staunch advocate for education. The newly created center will focus on the study of Judaism from an academic standpoint as well as provide an important space for research that enhances the understanding of the rich traditions of Judaism from around the world. It is the donor’s hope that the center will create new collaborations and build a new level of understanding about Judaism in southeast Michigan and beyond.

Upcoming Events

The Cis Maisel Center for Judaic Studies and Community Engagement is proud to sponsor the event:

A lecture by Derek Hastings, Ph. D., OU Associate Professor of History with host Dr. Michael Pytlik, Director of the Cis Maisel Center at Oakland University 

     A Girl Lost, A Diary Found:           Life in the Lodz Ghetto

September 1, 2021 at 7:00 P.M.

at the Holocaust Memorial Center Zekelman Family Campus

28123 Orchard Lake Rd.

Farmington Hills, MI 48334

OU Associate Professor of History Derek Hastings, Ph.D., will walk attendees through this time in history when Rywka penned her diary. This lecture gives an up-close and historical perspective on the brutal conditions of the Lodz ghetto.

Rywka Lipszyc was a teenage girl who lived in the Lodz ghetto of Nazi-occupied Poland. In her diary she recounts living conditions and the state of the world through this moving perspective of a courageous young girl. The diary was discovered in Auschwitz by a Soviet Army doctor who took the writings back to the Soviet Union where it stayed undiscovered for 70 years.

Free and open to the public. 

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Mission

The Maisel Center will allow OU to develop ongoing programs and conversation series, host lectures, display important cultural artifacts and collaborate with other local institutions and community groups in new and exciting ways.

STEERING COMMITTEE

The board members will serve to guide the CIS Maisel Center for Judaic Studies and Community Engagement at Oakland University.  We welcome all of these members and look forward to their valued input on our programs and future events.

Ruth Bergman, Education Director at the Holocaust Memorial Center
Rabbi Joseph Klein, retired rabbi and faculty at Oakland University and Rochester College, Federation, and community synagogues
Mr. Dan Medow, community leader and member of the Judiac Studies Committee for Oakland Michael Silverstein, community leader and Director of Development at Oakland's Business School