Spiersfelde

A few years ago I was looking through my grandmother’s photo album. One of the most striking pictures shows thirty-one people in a group portrait. They are nicely dressed and posed in a purposeful composition with the family patriarch and his wife, my great-great-grandparents, sitting in the center. My grandmother stands slightly to one side … Continue reading Spiersfelde

University of Hartford Maurice Greenberg Center for Judaic Studies Awards Evening

Monday night I attended the University of Hartford Maurice Greenberg Center for Judaic Studies Awards Evening. It was an evening of acknowledgment for hard work, academic rigor, teaching and learning, and appreciation for the donors who made it all possible. Avi Patt and Matthew Rubin presented the Joseph Zola Memorial Holocaust Educator Award to me … Continue reading University of Hartford Maurice Greenberg Center for Judaic Studies Awards Evening

Why Bobby?

On the evening of January 16, 2014 I arrived in Tilburg. This small city in the southern province of Noord-Brabant in the Netherlands is home to a little over 206,000 people, more than 60% of whom are Roman Catholic. The next largest "religious" group are the atheists who make up about 20% of the population. … Continue reading Why Bobby?