The Greenspon Center for Peace and Social Justice will enrich the Queens and Charlotte communities with Jewish educational and cultural opportunities for Jews and non-Jews alike. The center will be a critical community resource for Holocaust and human rights education and for collaboration on social justice issues.
Volunteer Opportunities: If you're interested in volunteering with our center, please complete the volunteer form.
Holocaust and Human Rights Education
No event in modern history highlights more effectively the dangers of indifference in the face of hatred and discrimination than the Holocaust.
The Greenspon Center will serve as an educational resource repository to regional students, teachers, professors and community members, providing physical and online resources with the most up-to-date curricular and research materials. The Greenspon Center will also partner in dialogues and programs that increase understanding across lines of difference.
Upcoming Holocaust and Human Rights Programs:
Teacher Workshop with the Anti-Defamation League's Echoes and Reflections Program
August 2, 2016
Facing History and Ourselves Fall Workshop
Date to be determined
Social Justice and Advocacy
Giving voice to our own struggles, giving voice to the voiceless, and using our collective influence to create positive change in our Queens community, the Charlotte community and beyond.
The Greenspon Center will work with the Queens community, congregations across the city, and the Charlotte community at large to move from volunteerism to advocacy to create systemic change in their areas of concern and passion. We will support participants in using their individual and collective voices to effect change on issues of human dignity and human rights.
Upcoming Social Justice Programs:
Refugee Advocacy Training Program
September 8 - November 4, 2016
This series will educate the community on issues impacting the refugee community and inspire participants to become voices for positive change. Each session will include both an academic or professional presentation and a dialogue on potential pathways for advocacy. Our goal is to reach out to as many houses of worship as possible and to the local organizations that work with refugees and have broad participation. While space is limited, we hope to have recorded sessions available. Our goal is to inspire those who care about advocating on behalf of refugees to join us and then bring their learning and wisdom back to their respective institutions. Following the eight-week program, we will maintain our connections with all those interested in being part of the network and work collaboratively on advocacy.
Sessions will take place on Thursday evenings from September 8 through November 4 from 7:00-8:30 p.m. at Queens University.
- Session One (September 8) - "Laying out the Landscape - What We Mean by the Words We Use"
Dr. Margaret Commins, Associate Professor of Political Science, Queens University; Rabbi Judith Schindler, Director, The Stan Greenspon Center for Peace and Social Justice
- Session Two (September 15) - Push Factors and the Origins of Refugee Migration
Dr. Barry Robinson, Associate Professor of History, Queens University; Dr. Sarah Griffith, Assistant Professor of History, Queens University; Marsha Hirsch, Executive Director, Carolina Refugee Resettlement Agency; Rachel Humphries, Executive Director, Refugee Support Services
- Session Three (September 29) - The Long Road to Safety
Dr. Sarah Griffith, Assistant Professor of History, Queens University; Local former refugees
- Session Four (October 6) - The Media and the Limitation of the Lens Through which we Learn about Refugees
Dr. Josh Grimm, Assistant Professor, Journalism Department, Louisiana State University
- Session Five (October 13) - From Crossing the Borders to the Courtroom
Maureen Abell, Immigrant Justice Program Attorney, Legal Services of Southern Piedmont; Atenas Burrola, Immigrant Justice Attorney, Legal Services of Southern Piedmont; Sharika Shropshire, Immigrant Justice Program Attorney/Director
- Session Six (October 20) - Welcome the Stranger - the Religious Imperative
Reverend Derek Macleod, Mission Pastor of Myers Park Presbyterian Church; Dr. Diane Mowrey, Chaplain and Mrs. John R. Irwin Professor of Bible; Rabbi Judith Schindler, Director, Greenspon Center for Peace and Social Justice; Imam - to be decided
- Session Seven (October 27) - Safe Havens, Safe Schools, and Issues Surrounding Education
Jennifer Pearsall, Principal of Collinswood Language Academy, former Director of ESL (English Learner Services) for CMS
- Session Eight (November 3) - A Path Forward
Rabbi Judith Schindler, Director, Greenspon Center for Social Justice