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Monday | April 24
6:45 pm | Lecture: Dr. Natan Meir, What Do We Remember When We Remember? East European Jewry in Myth and Reality
8:00 pm | Concert: Cantor Shira Lissek, accompanied by chamber ensemble, Ani Maamin, I Believe: A Voice for Humanity
Led by Cantor Shira Lissek, Park Avenue Synagogue's annual Yom HaShoah observance illustrates the theme of tragedy to rebirth. Dr. Natan Meir will speak about distinguishing nostalgia from history in our memories of East European Jewry. Cantor Shira Lissek, accompanied by chamber ensemble, will perform songs from her latest CD, Ani Maamin, I Believe: A Voice for Humanity. The songs on the album are timely reminder that as a people, we are responsible for making the world a better place. Featuring traditional songs, previously unrecorded songs, and new arrangements in collaboration with composers including mentors Oran Eldor and Beth Styles, Ani Maamin serves as Cantor Lissek's love poem to the human spirit.
Natan M. Meir is chair of the Harold Schnitzer Family Program in Judaic Studies at Portland State University, where he specializes in Jewish social and cultural history in Eastern Europe, as well as modern European Jewish history. On sabbatical this year, he is a Fellow at the New York Public Library’s Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers. Dr. Meir is a grandson of Rabbi Judah Nadich, z”l.