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Elie Wiesel Lectures

Elie Wiesel Lectures

The Legacy of Elie Wiesel

Known for safeguarding the memory of those who survived the Holocaust and those who perished, Elie Wiesel has been referred to as the "conscience of the world." His legacy lives on through the impact of his actions, his writings and his students. Join us in June to mark the first anniversary of his passing, as four of his students share their reflections on his life and work. 

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Monday, June 12 | 7 p.m.


Menachem Z. Rosensaft, General Counsel of the World Jewish Congress


Menachem Rosensaft, a friend, student, disciple and colleague of Elie Wiesel for over 55 years, will discuss the significance of the Nobel Peace Prize laureate's writings and teachings to our generation and those to come.


The Temple-Tifereth Israel (26000 Shaker Blvd.) | Lifelong Learning & Temple-Tifereth Israel Members: free; 

Nonmembers: $5 | Advanced registration recommended | REGISTER >


Co-Sponsored by The Temple-Tifereth Israel with support from The Debra Hartzmark Jacobs Book Talk Fund and The Isidore & Toby Helfand Torah Study Fund

Tuesday, June 13 | noon-1:30 p.m.


Menachem Z. Rosensaft, General Counsel of the World Jewish Congress


Drawing on the experiences and reactions of a wide range of children and grandchildren of Holocaust survivors – including theologians, scholars, authors, artists, media personalities and community leaders – Menachem Rosensaft will speak about the ways that Holocaust memory is transmitted to future generations. And reflecting on his own experiences as the son of two survivors of Auschwitz and Bergen-Belsen, he explores how these memories can and must be perpetuated.

Landmark Centre | Members: $20; Nonmembers: $25 (includes lunch) | REGISTER >

Monday, June 19 | 7 p.m.


David Schlitt, Director of the Rauh Jewish History Program and Archives at the Heinz History Center


What can we learn about Elie Wiesel from his letters sent and received in his ‘mother tongue’? How do language and medium shape the way we perceive, understand and remember him? In this lecture, David Schlitt, Director of the Rauh Jewish History Program & Archives at the Sen. John Heinz History Center, discusses his experience as the Yiddish-language archivist for Boston University’s Elie Wiesel Archives, and the lessons he learned from the ‘kleyne pitshevkes’ – the seeming minutiae of the collection.

Landmark Centre | Members: free (advanced registration recommended); Nonmembers: $5 | REGISTER >

Monday, June 26 | 7 p.m

Nehemia Polen, Professor of Jewish Thought, Hebrew College


Most widely known for his Holocaust writings, Elie Wiesel’s engagement with Biblical, Rabbinic, and Hasidic texts were also central to his life’s work. Through study, teaching and writing, he dedicated himself to lifting up the classical Jewish tradition that was shattered in the wake of the Holocaust. Wiesel captured the central messages of these texts, repositioned them, and made them widely accessible. Join Nehemia Polen, student of Elie Wiesel, who explores Wiesel’s influences and his impact.


Landmark Centre | Members: free (advanced registration recommended); Nonmembers: $5 | REGISTER >