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Interfaith Inform
January 24, 2023
Kaufman Interfaith Institute


The Kaufman Interfaith Institute is hosting the "Remembrance in Action Art Exhibition," which features two exhibitions at the Cook-DeVos Center for Health Sciences that focus on antisemitism in the past and present.
 Kyle Kooyers, associate director of the Kaufman Interfaith Institute, said he noticed strong emotional reactions from people viewing the exhibition.
"It is rare that I see a dry eye walking out of our space after perusing those pieces, reading their descriptions and just taking a moment to pause and sit with the context from which these pieces were put together,” said Kooyers.
As a unit within the Division of Inclusion and Equity, the Institute promotes interfaith understanding on campus and in West Michigan through events and initiatives. Kooyers said these exhibitions serve as a response to the historical wrong-doings that were committed against the Jewish community in the U.S. and overseas....
Remembrance In Action Event
Remembrance In Action: Documentary Screening and Art Exhibition
Thursday, January 26, 2023, 7PM
GVSU Health Campus, Cook-Devos Center for Health Sciences (CHS)
(301 Michigan St. NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503)

The Kaufman Interfaith Institute, WGVU Public Media, and the Jewish Federation of Grand Rapids welcoem you to a multifaceted event to commemorate International Holocaust Remembrance Week. The event will include:
  • A preview of  L’dor v’dor: An Eternal Tree , a new WGVU documentary which tells the story of the Holocaust memorial at Frederik Meijer Gardens and explores art as education and the generational commitment to exposing atrocities against humanity. 
  • A panel discussion of the film with guest speakers from GVSU and the West Michigan community.
  • A private viewing of two traveling art exhibits showcasing the history and resilience of the Jewish community, entitled From Darkness to Light: Mosaics Inspired by Tragedy and The Holocaust Unfolds: Reports from Detroit, 1933-1961 .
  • A reception with light refreshments.
The event is free but registration is required.
Valarie Kaur See No Stranger Book Cover
See No Stranger: An Evening with Valarie Kaur 
Thursday, February 23, 2023, 6:30 PM

GVSU Pew Campus, Eberhard Center
(301 Fulton St W, Grand Rapids, MI 49504)
Join us for this year's Rabbi Phillip Sigal Interfaith Leadership Lecture featuring Valarie Kaur
Renowned civil rights leader, lawyer, award-winning filmmaker, educator, innovator, and best-selling author, Valarie Kaur is a powerful speaker and a celebrated prophetic voice "at the forefront of progressive change" (Center for American Progress). On Thursday, February 23, Valarie will offer a lecture on her best-selling book, See No Stranger: A Memoir and Manifesto of Revolutionary Love, followed by a reception and book signing. Light refreshments will be provided. 
While this event is free, registration is appreciated.
Talking Together: Strengthening our communities through conversation
Tired of the toxic level of polarization in the U.S.? Interested in talking with people whose perspective differs from your own in ways that stay constructive? We invite you to join us for a year focused on creating a culture of conversation rather than division. 
The Padnos/Sarosik Center for Civil Discourse, Kaufman Interfaith Institute, Hauenstein Center for Presidential Studies, and WGVU Public Media are pleased to partner for Talking Together: Strengthening our Communities through Conversation, a dialogue initiative aimed at interrupting polarization and investing in the principles of civil discourse and respectful conversation. Each month will feature at least one structured activity for students, staff, faculty, and community members to engage in conversation with one other across differences in perspective, identity, and life experiences.

Just for GVSU Students 

Spiritual Life Fair - Allendale Campus
Tuesday, February 7, 11am-2pm
Kirkhof Main Lobby
The Kaufman Interfaith Institute is bringing together a variety of faith-based, spiritual, and secular campus organizations to create a space of interfaith hospitality and discovery. This time, each group will be discussing their various approaches and responses to the question, "What do you hold sacred?". Come explore and learn more about what groups, spaces, and resources are available on campus for religious fellowship, self-care and wellness cultivation, spiritual exploration, and outreach opportunities.Open to any and all!