12-7 mishmarOn Thursday night, December 7th,  Central hosted its second mishmar of the semester. The focus of this year’s mishmar has been educating students about different kinds of Jews around the world. At the first mishmar, the students heard from a convert about his experience, and this past Thursday, they heard from Mr. Shmuel Lagesse, an Ethiopian Jew, who discussed his identity and also the wider Ethiopian Jewish community. Rabbi Joshua Strulowitz, who directs mishmar, said that he thought the event was a success and he hopes that through these lectures, “students will develop a wider and more diverse sense of Jewry, beyond the kinds of Jews they know from New York. There are so many kinds of Jews in the world, and these type of events can help introduce them to different parts of the Jewish spectrum.” Next semester, mishmar will pick up with this same theme and students will have the opportunity to learn about other pockets of the global Jewish community.

 

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