CINCINNATI - A special Shabbat dinner took place at the Conaton Board Room of the Schmidt Hall at Xavier University in Cincinnati on Friday. The dinner was hosted by Rabbi Abie Ingber, founding director of the Interfaith Community Engagement, in honor of Sigmund Rolat.
Rolat was born in Czestochowa, Poland. He survived the Holocaust and spent some years in the Tri-State, studying at the University of Cincinnati. Rolat later moved to New York City.
Returning to Xavier University is a sort of homecoming for him, and a fulfillment of a dream to share his story and the stories of the Jewish people of his birthplace with the local community.
At the Shabbat table, he was joined by people representing different faiths and cultures, including Krzystof Matyjaszczyk, president of Czestochowa, Professor Jerzy Mizgalski, Dean of Education at the Jan Dlugosz Academy in Czestochowa, as well as members of the Polish media, leaders of Jewish organizations in Czestochowa and University of Cincinnati and Xavier University faculty and members of the local Polish community.
The event was one of many planned for the weekend, culminating with an opening of a special exhibit, made possible in part by Rolat and presented by the Center for Holocaust and Humanity Education in partnership with Hebrew Union College, entitled The Jews of Czestochowa . The exhibit opens on Sunday, April 22 and will remain open until July 1.
"The Jews of Częstochowa" is presented in honor of Yom HaShoah, Holocaust Remembrance Day, commemorating the lives and heroism of Jewish people who died between 1933 and 1945.
The exhibit can be seen Monday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Fridays from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. and Sundays from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the Skirball Museum at Hebrew Union College.
For more information, call 513-221-1875.