About the Center

Education and communication are keys to bringing people closer together. Judaism's rich legacy of social teaching and practice seeks to mend injustice and transform oppression (tikkun olam). The force of this legacy continues today through programmatic initiatives conceived, designed, and implemented by Judaic experts around the world. Many such initiatives are intentionally interreligious in structure, dialogic in approach, and pluralist in vision.

The activities of the Konar Center promote ethnic, religious, and cultural understanding and a more tolerant civil society. Building on Nazareth's commitment to experiential learning and civic engagement, each initiative of the Konar Center uses a model of education and community engagement that develops students' leadership skills and encourages commitment to social transformation through promoting tolerance and peace-building.

Initiatives

The work of the Konar Center empowers students to participate in courses, workshops, programs, internships and conferences focused on promoting tolerance, fostering civic responsibility, and advancing religious pluralism.

The Konar Center seeks to provide educational opportunities for all students on Judaism, Jewish texts, and tolerance. The Center also works to strengthen tolerance and multi-cultural understanding among the diversity of Nazareth students and community members through programming that builds on the strengths of the Jewish heritage. The Konar Center supports Jewish students and others interested in Judaism enrolled at Nazareth.

Courses

Courses related to tolerance and Jewish studies are offered in several majors, minors and as part of graduate work, including in anthropology, biomedical sciences, business management, global studies, history, law, legal studies, museums, archives and public history, peace and justice, philosophy, political science, social work, religious studies, social science, sociology, and women and gender studies.

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Hava Leipzig Holzhauer, J.D.

Hava Leipzig Holzhauer, J.D.

Executive Director, Konar Center for Tolerance and Jewish Studies