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Contact Us:

Michael Pytlik
Adjunct Assistant Professor of Anthropology
Director of the Cis Maisel Center for Judaic Studies and Community Engagement
Director of Judaic Studies
pytlik@oakland.edu

Cis Maisel Center for Judaic Studies and Community Engagement

Oakland University’s Cis Maisel Center for Judaic Studies and Community Engagement serves as a hub for education and community outreach on the rich tradition of Judaism and Jewish culture.

The Cis Maisel Center for Judaic Studies and Community Engagement was created through a generous gift by Cis Maisel, a community leader in southeastern Michigan and a staunch advocate for education. The newly created center will focus on the study of Judaism from an academic standpoint as well as provide an important space for research that enhances the understanding of the rich traditions of Judaism from around the world. It is the donor’s hope that the center will create new collaborations and build a new level of understanding about Judaism in southeast Michigan and beyond.

Upcoming Events

February 13, 2020

Cis Maisel Center is sponsoring a presentation of the film "JERUSALEM" in The Habitat at the Oakland Center on February 13, 2020 from 12:00-2:00 P.M.  There will be a time for comments from the students and faculty after the viewing.

All are welcome, refreshments will be provided.

Click here to view and print poster.

March 4, 2020 - 11:30AM-1:00PM

The Cis Maisel Center for Judaic Studies and Community Engagement is offering a "Lunch and Learn - Meet and Greet" with their special guest, Howard Reich on Wednesday, March 4, 2020 from 11:30 - 1:00 PM in the Oakland Center, Gold Room A.

Howard Reich has covered music and the arts for the Chicago Tribune since 1978, joining the staff in 1983. He has written six books and co-produced/written three documentary films. He has served on the jury for the Pulitzer Prize in Music four times, including the first time a jazz composition won: Wynton Marsalis’ “Blood on the Fields,” in 1997. Howard graduated from Northwestern University as a piano performance major, did graduate studies there in music theory and history, and holds two honorary doctorate degrees.

Students and faculty can meet and converse with Mr. Reich about his new book and discuss the areas of study that interest them. 

 

March 4, 2020 - 7:00-9:00PM

The Cis Maisel Center for Judaic Studies and Community Engagement presents "A Conversation with Howard Reich" on Wednesday, March 4, 2020 from 7 - 9 PM in the Oakland Center, Ballroom A.

Join us for a discussion with author, journalist and filmmaker Howard Reich, speaking on his conversations and experiences with Nobel Peace Prize laureate Elie Wiesel.

Sponsored by:

Holocaust Memorial Center • Zekelman Family Campus
The Jewish Community Center of Metro Detroit

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Mission

The Maisel Center will allow OU to develop ongoing programs and conversation series, host lectures, display important cultural artifacts and collaborate with other local institutions and community groups in new and exciting ways.

STEERING COMMITTEE

The board members will serve to guide the CIS Maisel Center for Judaic Studies and Community Engagement at Oakland University.  We welcome all of these members and look forward to their valued input on our programs and future events.

Ruth Bergman, Education Director at the Holocaust Memorial Center
Rabbi Joseph Klein, retired rabbi and faculty at Oakland University and Rochester College, Federation, and community synagogues
Mr. Dan Medow, community leader and member of the Judiac Studies Committee for Oakland Michael Silverstein, community leader and Director of Development at Oakland's Business School