A very Stockholm Shabbat

Brandeis President Ron Liebowitz and his wife Jessica hosted a Shabbat dinner Friday night as part of a celebration of the city’s Jewish community and the university’s Nobel laureates during Nobel Week. 

Surrounded by portraits of prominent Swedish rabbis and Jews, the Liebowitzes welcomed the Sabbath before a gathering of about 125, which included Sweden-based alumni, members of the Stockholm Jewish Community, members of the Sweden-American Foundation, and two current Brandeis undergraduates who are studying in Stockholm this semester.

“It’s really a remarkable thing that we’re here celebrating with the Stockholm Jewish community and Brandeis alumni and friends,” Liebowitz said.

“There was a great deal of joy among the alumni,” said Annika Schildt ’86, a Wien International Scholar who attended the Shabbat dinner. “Everyone appreciated that Brandeis let us meet the laureates we are so proud of during an evening with interesting speeches and exquisite food in good company.”
The Shabbat dinner took place at the social hall of the organization, Judiska Församlingen (Jewish Community). After Ron gave introductory remarks, the congregation’s rabbi offered a warm Shabbat welcome, and a member of the congregation recited the Kiddush, the traditional prayer said over the wine. Ron and Jessica Liebowitz then said HaMotzi, the ceremonial blessing over the challah. Before dinner was served, the chairman of the board of the Jewish Community of Stockholm extended his warm welcome and provided an abbreviated history of Jews in Stockholm.

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Categories: Faculty, Campus News
Date: December 11, 2017