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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:

Una coza y coza muy maraviyoza (Jewish Communities in Mexico): A conversation with Jacobo Sefami

October 7, 2021

10:00am - 11:00am EDT
Oakland Center, Founders Ballroom A

Mexico is home to a large and diverse Jewish community whose members hail back from places as diverse as Syria, Turkey, Poland, or Ukraine. Like in the United States, Jewish communities in Mexico have had to negotiate their own ethnic and religious identities in the larger context of the country’s national narratives.  Writer Jacobo Sefami is himself a Syrian Jew that grew up in Mexico. He will guide us through the maze of cross-cultural references that have contributed to consolidate Jewish Mexican identity.

Co-sponsored by Department of Modern Languages and Literatures and Center for Religious Studies

Hosted by: Center for Multicultural Initiatives

(This event can be attended in person or via zoom) 

Registration information: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/jewish-communities-in-mexico-a-conversation-with-writer-jacobo-sefami-tickets-169760431019

Additional Information can be found at: https://oaklandu.campuslabs.com/engage/event/7377997

 

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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