Please plan on attending the next Religion Forum on Thursday, April 4, 7:00pm, in Olin 102. It will be film screening and discussion of "Sons of Jacob Synagogue: Place, Memory, and Identity" with Francesca Soans, associate professor of communication studies at the University of Northern Iowa.
This pioneering documentary explores the histories and experiences of the Jewish community in Waterloo, from the early immigrants fleeing persecution to the present day. Weaving together archival footage, interviews, photographs, and texts, the documentary creates a complex picture of the identity of a community and its connection to place. The film is the first in a five-part documentary series, Waterloo: A History of Place, produced and directed by Soans and Dr. Robert Neymeyer. The series aims to examine the history of Waterloo through community memories of different places. In addition to the synagogue, future episodes will look at a department store, a neighborhood, a factory and a movie theater.