Esther Jungreis to Lecture on “Kristallnacht: 70 Years Later”Teaneck, NJ (October 13, 2008) — A commemorative talk, “Kristallnacht: 70 Years Later,” by Esther Jungreis will take place on Monday, November 10, 2008, from 7 to 9 p.m., in Dickinson Hall, 140 University Plaza, Hackensack, New Jersey, on FDU’s Metropolitan Campus. All are invited; admission is free.
With gratitude to generous donors Stephen and Nancy Weinstein, the lecture is presented by Fairleigh Dickinson University’s Holocaust Center and FDU's Office of Global Learning in association with FDU’s Hillel and the UJA Federation of Northern NJ.
Esther Jungreis was born in Hungary, a descendant of a rabbinic dynasty which traces its lineage back to King David of the Hebrew Bible. She and her father, inmates at the Bergen Belsen concentration camp, survived the Holocaust. Following World War II, she married Rabbi Theodore Jungreis and took on the name “Rebbetzin,” a term of endearment and respect reserved for the wife of a rabbi.
Determined to preserve and strengthen Jewish life in the post-Holocaust period, Rebbetzin Jungreis founded Hineni, an international movement dedicated to inspiring the Jewish people to return to their roots. She writes a weekly column for The Jewish Press.
In addition, Rebbetzin Jungreis teaches the Hebrew Bible on the Hineni television show broadcast to more than eight million viewers throughout the United States. She has lectured in countries around the world. Her work, including her Bible seminars and weekly Young Leadership classes, has been featured in Time, Newsweek, People, and New York Magazine.
Rebbetzin Jungreis is the recipient of major awards from such major Jewish and civic organizations in the U.S. as Hadassah, The Jewish War Veterans, and the Knights of Pythias. She is the author of several widely acclaimed books including The Jewish Soul On Fire and The Committed Life: Principles of Good Living from Our Timeless Past. The State of Israel has accorded Rebbetzin Jungreis numerous honors for her accomplishments.
Kristallnacht, often translated as “The Night of Broken Glass,” refers to a series of pogroms which took place in Nazi Germany on November 9 and 10, 1938. In the course of one night, more than 90 Jews were murdered, nearly 30,000 Jews were imprisoned in concentration camps, more than 200 synagogues were burned and over 10,000 Jewish businesses were damaged or destroyed. Kristallnacht is often noted as a precursor of the Holocaust soon to destroy two thirds of European Jewry.
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