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Nazareth College names new Konar Center Director Beth Lilach

Published May 31, 2022

Nazareth College welcomes Beth Lilach as the incoming executive director of the Konar Center for Tolerance and Jewish Studies. She comes to Nazareth with many years of experience working in various educational and leadership roles in Jewish studies.

Lilach previous worked at the Friends of Simon Wiesenthal Center in Toronto and the Holocaust Memorial and Tolerance Center on Long Island. She has been engaged with social justice, feminist, and genocide pedagogy for over thirty years.

The Konar Center offers coursework, study abroad, visiting scholar, and other initiatives and opportunities for Nazareth students and the broader community. In addition to creating relevant community partnerships, the Konar Center partners with many other Nazareth centers dedicated to interfaith understanding including: the Hickey Center for Interfaith Studies and Dialogue and the Center for Spirituality.

Lilach's priorities for her first year at the Konar Center are: to provide opportunities for Nazareth students, faculty, and staff to learn about Jewish diversity, ethics and spirituality; to present Jewish perspectives during interfaith and multicultural dialogues on and off campus; and to expand changemaking initiatives that will benefit both the Nazareth and Rochester communities.

She holds a bachelor's degree in feminist studies from the University of California-Santa Cruz and a master's in Holocaust history and Genocide studies from Clark University.

Nazareth College’s academic strengths cross an unusually broad spectrum of 60 majors, including education, health and human services, management, the fine arts, music, theater, math and science, foreign languages, and the liberal arts. The coeducational, religiously independent, classic campus in a charming suburb of Rochester, N.Y., challenges and supports 2,300 undergrads and 700 graduate students. Nazareth is recognized nationally for its Fulbright global student scholars and commitment to civic engagement. Rigorous programs, an uncommon arts and sciences core, experiential learning, career skills, and a global focus prepare graduates for not just one job, but for their life’s work.