Happy March! This month, we are looking forward to three fabulous events. Please join us on March 18 at Fordham University in New York to celebrate the book launch of Welcoming the Stranger. Abrahamic Traditions and Contemporary Implications, or join us via livestream.

Online, we’ll learn about two artists well respected in their time, and recently re-discovered. Please safe March 27, 12:00pm ET for an unbelievable art mystery that is a developing story. Stay tuned!

Next week, we’ll focus on Rahel Szalit, who will be recognized in a forthcoming book publication. Hear author Kerry Wallach:

12:00 PM EST
RAHEL SZALIT (1888-1942)

Rahel Szalit-Marcus, A Street Sneezes, in Menshelakh un stsenes (People and Scenes) portfolio, lithographic illustration from Sholem Aleichem’s Motl, the Cantor’s Son, 1922.

In this presentation, Gettysburg College professor and author Kerry Wallach will explore the life and work of Rahel Szalit (1888–1942; also: Szalit-Marcus). Szalit was a sought-after illustrator and painter who was active in 1920s Berlin and 1930s Paris.

Rahel Szalit was among the best-known Jewish women artists in Weimar Berlin. She painted and drew landscapes, Berlin city scenes, animals, and portraits of women, children, and public figures. She produced numerous lithographs and worked in pen and ink, pencil, pastel, chalk, oil paint, and watercolors. Women figured prominently in many scenes, from small-town Jewish life to snapshots of the metropolis. Szalit’s fascinating life demonstrates how women artists gained access to Jewish and avant-garde movements (Expressionism, New Objectivity) by experimenting with different media and genres. This presentation situates Szalit with respect to her contemporaries and offers a close look at her art.

This year we celebrate the 10th anniversary of The Fritz Ascher Society.

It is only befitting that we start and end the year with book publications. The forthcoming book launch is our first collaboration with Fordham University and the culmination of a project we started with conferences at Georgetown University in Washington DC (2019) and Fordham University in New York (2022). And now we are ready to celebrate the book that came out of it. We hope you can join us in New York. And if you can’t, please join the livestream – the registration link is within the event registration (an extra step, I know).

6:00 PM EST
Fordham University School of Law
Conference Room 7-119
150 West 62nd Street
New York, NY 10023

Image: David Stern, Snow Crash (Lost Agency), 2018-19. Acrylics and pigments on paper, 27 x 35 inches. © David Stern / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

Join us for an evening of stimulating conversation, and refreshments, as we celebrate the publication of Welcoming the Stranger. Abrahamic Traditions and Contemporary Implications. Advance copies of the book are available for purchase.

This book is a collection of thought-provoking essays exploring the theme of hospitality as a means of building bridges between different cultures and communities. This book is a must-read for anyone interested in interfaith dialogue, social justice, and creating a more inclusive society.

Considered from a range of theological, cultural, legal, and political angles, the handsomely illustrated volume will be discussed by its editors Ori Z Soltes, Georgetown University, Washington DC, and Rachel Stern, The Fritz Ascher Society for Persecuted, Ostracized and Banned Art, New York.

This book launch is organized by the Fritz Ascher Society for Persecuted, Ostracized and Banned Art and the Institute on Religion, Law and Lawyer’s Work at Fordham University School of Law, New York. We thank Fordham University’s Center for Jewish Studies and Theology Department, and Peace Islands Institute New York for publicizing the event.

The event is generously co-sponsored by 1014.

If you missed our two February events, you can watch the recordings here:

Please donate generously to make programs like this possible. THANK YOU. 

The Fritz Ascher Society is a not-for-profit 501(c)3 organization. Your donation is fully tax deductible.

We look forward to seeing you in New York and online!

All best wishes,

Rachel Stern
Executive Director