The Chai Society

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Wagner College, founded in 1883, takes pride in the diversity of its students and its service to the community. Today, Wagner College continues to build on this longstanding commitment by recruiting students from all groups: religious, ethnic, racial, sexual, demographic, and cultural. The Chai Society at Wagner College, established in 2004, is dedicated to strengthening the ties between the College and the Jewish community.  Through its support of Wagner College's Holocaust Education & Programming Center and co-curricular activities, the Chai Society promotes knowledge and understanding of the richness of the Jewish experience.

The Chai Society is facilitated through the joint efforts of Wagner College's Office of Institutional Advancement, the Chai Society Steering Committee, Hillel, and Rabbi Dr. Abraham Unger, assistant professor and director of urban programs at Wagner College.

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 UPCOMING FALL EVENTS


WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 19th

Room 2 of Spiro Hall at 6:00 p.m.

Wagner College Holocaust Education and Programming Center’s screening and discussion of Oscar-nominated documentary filmmaker, Oren Jacoby's film, My Italian Secret: The Forgotten Heroes.

The film showcases the daring story of Italian cyclist Gino Bartali (voiced by late actor Robert Loggia '51, a Wagner College alumnus) a courier of forged documents, and other valiant Italians who rescued 80% of Italy's Jews and refugees from the Nazis in World War II.

Following the screening, an open discussion will be hosted by Vincent Marmorale, President of the Italy and the Holocaust Foundation, with remarks by former Staten Island Borough President, Ralph Lamberti and former New York State Senator Seymour Lachman.

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Or contact Stephanie Koch, Donor Relations Coordinator: chaisociety@wagner.edu or 718.390.3225

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 1st

Manzulli Boardroom of Foundation Hall at 8:00 p.m.

Chai Society Jewish Culture Lecture Event

Guest Speaker:
Rabbi Avi Shafran
Director of Public Affairs for the Haredi National Organization Agudath Israel of America

Presenting Lecture:
“The Hidden Pluralism of the Haredi Jewish World”

Rabbi Avi Shafran serves as the Director of Public Affairs for the Haredi National Organization Agudath Israel of America.  He writes a weekly column for Hamodia, contributes regularly to Haaretz and Forward, and is the author of five books, including a collection of essays entitled "It's all in the Angle" (Judaica Press).

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Or contact Stephanie Koch, Donor Relations Coordinator: chaisociety@wagner.edu or 718.390.3225

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 10TH

Manzulli Boardroom of Foundation Hall at 6:00 p.m.
The Inaugural Egon J. Salmon and Family Commemoration of Kristallnacht and of the U.S.S. St. Louis

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With Guest Speaker:  Rabbi Joseph Polak, Winner of the 2015 National Jewish Book Award

Presenting Lecture:   "The Last Survivor"

After the Holocaust, the Bells Still Ring, with an introduction by Elie Wiesel, reflects on the fate of the 80% of Jews from the Netherlands who perished in the Holocaust. Rabbi Polak was liberated at age 3 with him mother from Bergen-Belsen.  He currently is an Assistant Professor at the School of Public Health, and Rabbi Emeritus of Hillel House at Boston University.

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Or contact Stephanie Koch, Donor Relations Coordinator: chaisociety@wagner.edu or 718.390.3225


egon-salmonegon-salmon-and-familyThe first annual Wagner College Holocaust Education & Programming Center's Egon J. Salmon and Family, Commemoration of Kristallnacht and of the S.S. St. Louis event honors the courage and resourcefulness of Egon and his parents, Paul and Erna Salmon, which enabled their families to survive.  Egon J. Salmon was an eyewitness to Kristallnacht, a passenger on the ill-fated S.S. St. Louis, and served with distinction in the U.S. Military during World War II. His father Paul was also arrested by the Gestapo on Kristallnacht and sent to Dachau.