Love Your Neighbor as Yourself: 21st-Century Imperatives

Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018
7  p.m.
Fred M. Rogers Center

Rabbi Ron SymonsRabbi Ron Symons will be be the next speaker in the Saint Vincent College Threshold Series at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 6, in the Fred M. Rogers Center. The title of his talk is Love Your Neighbor as Yourself: 21st-Century Imperatives. The event is jointly presented with the Rabbi Jason Edelstein Chair Lecture Series. Admission is free, but reservations are recommended and may be made by calling 724-805-2177.

Rabbi Symons serves as the senior director of Jewish Life at the Jewish Community Center (JCC) of Greater Pittsburgh. He is responsible for guiding the Center for Loving Kindness and Civic Engagement of the JCC through which the JCC and its partners redefine neighbor from a geographic term into a moral concept.

“The command to love your neighbor as yourself from the Book of Leviticus is among the foundational obligations of communal life,” Rabbi Symons noted.  Rabbi Symons will explore the impact of this obligation from biblical times through today in this lecture that takes place on just the 80th anniversary of the Night of Broken Glass (Kristallnacht).

On Nov. 9 and 10, 1938, some 30,000 Jewish men were arrested and taken to concentration camps by the Nazis in an event later known as Kristallnacht. Synagogues were torched; homes, schools and businesses were vandalized; and more than 100 Jews were killed. The Nazis held the German Jews responsible for the broken glass that littered the streets. Kristallnacht marked a turning point toward more violent and repressive treatment of Jews by the Nazis. Less than a year later, the Germans invaded Poland and World War II began.

Rabbi Symons hopes to inspire us to work toward a day when no one’s glass and no one is broken again.

In conjunction with the lecture, Saint Vincent College will also host an art exhibition, “Beloved—Children of the Holocaust,” in the McCarl Gallery on the lower level of the Fred M. Rogers Center. The exhibit will open at 5 p.m. the day of the lecture, and will continue through Tuesday, Nov. 20 during regular gallery hours.

Please read more in the news release.

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The Threshold Series

Threshold logoSaint Vincent College established the Threshold Series in 1981 when the Kennametal Foundation of Latrobe made a substantial grant to the College for the creation of an ongoing series of lectures and cultural events.

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Previous Speakers

Threshold logoPrevious Threshold speakers have included:

  • Br. Guy Consolmagno, S.J.
  • Carl Sagan
  • Isaac Asimov
  • Claire Bloom
  • Alex Haley
  • Lt. General James A. Abrahamson
  • Stephen F. Cohen
  • Ralph Nader
  • Robert Jarvik
  • Michael Medved
  • Jane Bryant Quinn
  • Harold S. Kushner
  • Robert F. Kennedy, Jr.
  • Archduke Rudolph of Austria
  • Roger Cossack
  • Heinz-Joachim Fischer
  • Jerome Oetgen
  • Benjamin Zander
  • Colleen Carroll Campbell
  • Neil deGrasse Tyson
  • Steven Johnson