Tuesday, April 27, 2021
7:30 PM - 8:30 PM
A Virtual Travel Experience on the Southern Jewish Connections to the Struggle for Civil Rights
with Nora Katz, Director of Heritage and Interpretation at the Institute of Southern Jewish Life
Join us for a virtual tour of the American South with an emphasis on Southern Jewish connections to the struggle for civil rights. Social justice is an important part of Judaism, but the intersection between Jewish activism and the fight for Black Civil Rights hasn’t always been as clear-cut as we might think. Nora Katz, Director of Heritage and Interpretation at the Institute of Southern Jewish Life, in Jackson, Mississippi will explore themes of empathy and complicity in southern Jews’ responses to and involvement in the Civil Rights Movement. We’ll make virtual stops at Civil Rights sites in Alabama and Mississippi, learning about how contemporary activists and historians interpret and share this history while continuing the fight for civil rights for all people.
Nora Katz is a public historian and theatre maker currently serving as the Director of Heritage and Interpretation at the Goldring/Woldenberg Institute of Southern Jewish Life (ISJL) in Jackson, Mississippi. In her role, she interprets and shares the rich legacy of Jews in the American South through public programs, trips and tours, historic preservation, and more. Originally from rural Pennsylvania, Nora holds a Master’s degree in Public History and Cultural Heritage from Trinity College Dublin and is passionate about the ways in which public history can advance social justice.
The Goldring/Woldenberg Institute of Southern Jewish Life (ISJL) supports, connects, and celebrates Jewish life in the American South. Based in Jackson, Mississippi, the ISJL serves a thirteen-state southern region with Jewish education, rabbinical services, and cultural and history programs. Learn more about the ISJL at www.ISJL.org.
This program is sponsored by Wise Temple’s Civic Engagement @ Wise Team, with the intention that post-Covid, we will organize an actual trip to explore the Southern Jewish Experience and Civil Rights. Until then we will enjoy this virtual experience.
Civic Engagement co-chairs: Amy Katz and Jenna Shaifer