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Friday, June 08, 2007

ANTS Student E-News - Friday, June 08, 2007

In this message:

- Wilson Chapel access
- Movie Pre-views for Herzog Summer Class
- BGLANTS marching in the Boston Pride Parade Saturday (June 9)
- (Hebrew College Exhibt) From Haven to Home: Three Hundred and Fifty Years of Jewish Life in America

Wilson Chapel access
Several folks have asked about what hours the new Wilson will be open and how space may be scheduled. Generally the building will be open whenever classes are in session - similar to the library - and then regular stated hours at other times. First priority will be given to faculty and regular classes although spaces like the meditation room will always be open to anyone for prayer. Look for a formal schedule and guidelines to be published in the next week or so.

At the moment the chapel has remained closed because work is still continuing (fixing a problem with the air conditioning and installing the new sound system). This should all be done by the end of this week.

Thanks for your patience.


Movie Pre-views for Herzog Summer Class
The ANTS Film and Television Fellowship will be pre-viewing movies for Dr. Herzog's class on Theology and Human Dilemas in Film.

Anyone else who may not be taking the class is also welcome to join us in Sturtevant Lounge. Movies will begin promptly at 6pm on the following dates:

Sunday, June 10 - Paradise Road
Monday, June 11 - Shawshank Redemption
Tuesday, June 12 - The Majestic
Wenesday, June 13 - The Trip to Bountiful
Thursday, June 14 - A River Runs Through It

Sunday, June 17 - The Notebook
Monday, June 18 - The Horse Whisperer
Tuesday, June 19 - Antwone Fisher
Wednesday, June 20 - Amistad
Thursday, June 21 - The Emperor's Club

Any questions, please contact Carol Hayward -

BGLANTS marching in the Boston Pride Parade Saturday (June 9)
BGLANTS (Bisexual, Gay, Lesbian,Allies 'n Transgender Students at ANTS) will be marching in the Boston Pride Parade next Saturday (June 9). Please join us! Contact Erica Baron at for details.

(Hebrew College Exhibt) From Haven to Home: Three Hundred and Fifty Years of Jewish Life in America

Using Materials drawn from the Library of Congress and other major collections, From Haven to Home presents a fascinating opportunity to trace the American Jewish journey from persecution to participation, from the original 23 refugees who landed in 1654 to today's extraordinary and diverse Jewish Community. From Haven to Home is presented with a special Boston accent, and is now located at the American Jewish Historical Society facilities at Hebrew College in Newton, Massachusetts.

The following items are just a sampling of the historical treasures owned by the Library of Congress and reproduced in this intriguing exhibit: a 1735 Hebrew grammar book-required for every Harvard College freshman at the time; an 1863 petition protesting General Ulysses S. Grant's decision to expel all Jews from Kentucky and Tennessee during the Civil War; and a handwritten version of Irving Berlin's "God Bless America."

The exhibit, which was formally on display at the John J. Moakley Federal Courthouse in Boston through January 2006, shows why Jews from around the world began traveling to America in 1654: to seek refuge from persecution, discrimination and legal barriers to their security and advancement. The exhibition also documents the ways in which Jews made America their home and enumerates their contributions to the nations developing values and institutions.

Boston Jewish History receives attention throughout the exhibit. Most notable are portraits of Moses Michael Hayes, founder of the Bank of Boston; Judah and Abraham Touro, major donors to the Massachusetts General Hospital and the Bunker Hill Monument, and views of Jewish Neighborhoods along Blue Hill Avenue in the 1930s and 1940s.

The Wyner Center of the American Jewish Historical Society (AJHS) at Hebrew College functions as the New England regional headquarters of AJHS, the nation's oldest historical organization. The Society's facility at the college serves as the repository for the documentary record of Jewish life in the Greater Boston Area, and the home of the reference library of the Jewish Genealogical Society of Greater Boston. The Society's extensive holdings include personal papers, organizational papers, photographs, reports and other materials for researching the history of the Jewish community of Boston.

The Society is located in the Gann Library wing of the College, directly across the hall from the Hebrew College Library. Visiting hours are from 9-4 Monday through Thursday and 9 *12:30 on Friday

ANTS E-news
Brian Eastman