CLASS College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Youngstown State University
Center for Judaic and Holocaust Studies  


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The Center for Judaic and Holocaust Studies at Youngstown State University is the product of the efforts of both university and Youngstown community members. The program is housed in the Department of History at Youngstown State University.

Calendar of Events

Kinderblock 66: The Return to Buchenwald (film screening and lecture)

Youngstown Area Jewish Film Festival

Monday, October 6, 2014 at 7 pm

Multipurpose room, Youngstown Jewish Community Center 

Kinderblock 66, directed by Rob Cohen. Kinderblock 66 is the story of four men who as young boys were imprisoned by the Nazis in the notorious Buchenwald concentration camp and who, sixty-five years later, return to commemorate their liberation. The film tells the story of the effort undertaken by the camp's Communist-led underground to protect and save Jewish children who were arriving in Buchenwald toward the end of the Holocaust. Kinderblock 66 also tells the story of Antonin Kalina, the head of the block who was personally responsible for saving 904 boys in Buchenwald.  After the screening, Steven Moskovic, executive producer/director of photography, will speak about the making of the film. Along with local Holocaust survivor Henry Kinast, Steven’s father, Alex Moscovic, was one of the surviving Kinderblock 66 boys.

Tickets are free but please R.S.V.P. to Courtney Lockshaw at 330-746-3250 ext. 283 or by e-mail at Clockshaw AT jccyoungstown DOT org.

Om Shalom Concert and Indian Dinner

Sunday, October 19, 2014 at 6 pm

Youngstown Jewish Community Center

 The Om Shalom trio, who mix traditional Jewish music with Indian music, will perform at the Youngstown Jewish Community Center at 7:30 pm. This event will be free and open to the public. There will be an optional Indian style dinner prior to the concert at 6 PM which will cost $10 and requires advanced registration. To register, please email Judaic AT ysu DOT edu or call 330-941-1604.


Conference for Jewish Music and Identity

Sunday, October 19th - Tuesday, October 21st, 2014

Sponsored by the Center for Judaic and Holocaust Studies and YSU Dana School of Music, this conference will bring scholars from all over the world to discuss Jews, Jewish music, and Jewish Identity. There will be academic lectures, musical presentations, an exciting concert for the general public, and a film on Jewish music. The public is welcome to attend and learn from this international group of scholars. For more information, please click here.

Iraq n' Roll (film screening)

Youngstown Area Jewish Film Festival

Monday, October 20, 2014 at 7 pm

Williamson College of Business Administration Auditorium, YSU 

In an attempt to bridge time, space and culture, Israeli rock musician Dudu Tassa takes on the original music of his grandfather, who was one of the leading musicians in the early 20th century in Iraq.  Salah and Daud Al-kweiti were Jewish musicians living in Iraq in the 1930s. They are considered to be the creators of modern Iraqi music, and two of the greatest Arab musicians in history.  In the 1950s, they immigrated to Israel, where no one took their music seriously. Dudu’s grandfather and uncle were not accepted as legitimate musicians by the young Israeli establishment and as a result they forbade their family to engage in music.Admission is free. R.S.V.P. to Courtney Lockshaw at 330-746-3250, ext. 283, or by email at Clockshaw AT jccyoungstown DOT org.


Holocaust Workshop

Thursday, October 30, 2014 from 8:30 am - 3 pm

Participants will be introduced to the pedagogy of teaching the Holocaust, including suggestions on how to approach the teaching of the Holocaust in the classroom. Attendees will be guided through lessons on the Holocaust and will learn about various web resources and the various ways they can be used by teachers. Lunch will be provided.  This workshop is free but pre-registration is required by October 15.  To register, call 330-941-1604 or emailjudaic AT ysu DOT edu 


Bus Trip to the US Holocaust Museum in D.C.

Sunday, November 9, 2014

The 10th annual bus trip to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum will be held on November 9, 2014.  The bus will depart from YSU at 4:30 am and return at 11:30 pm.  The cost to students is $10/per person.For those who wish to take the bus trip for credit and guarantee a space on the bus, you can sign up for Judaic 3751 which is an online class worth 3 credits. Students wishing to go on the trip should sign up by clicking on this link: 




Contact Us

The Center for Judaic and Holocaust Studies office is located in Room 524 of DeBartolo Hall on the Youngstown State University campus. The Center houses a collection of Judaic and Holocaust Studies resource material and is open to students and the community.

To contact us, please write to:

Center for Judaic and Holocaust Studies
Youngstown State University
Youngstown, OH 44555
judaic AT ysu DOT edu

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