LSTC invites extended community to Kristallnacht commemoration service

October 29, 2020

Annually, the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago commits to the denunciation of anti-Semitism now and in the history of our tradition, and seeks to join together people of all faiths in the work of the world’s mending and the healing of the nations.

To commemorate Kristallnacht, the night of November 9-10, 1938 when a massive, coordinated attack on Jews throughout the German Reich occurred, LSTC will offer a virtual service of reflection, music and witness. The Kristallnacht commemoration service will take place virtually November 9, 2020 from 11:15 – 11:45 a.m, and will be lead by Rabbi Shoshana Conover and Cantor Sheera Ben David of Temple Sholom of Chicago. LSTC is humbled to also welcome Lucille Wolf, survivor of the Holocaust, to share her experiences with the community. In addition, currently enrolled students in the fall Hebrew course will lead a special reading. Registration is now available.

Dr. Klaus-Peter Adam, Associate Professor of Old Testament, underscores how important it is for LSTC to continually renew its commitment to inter-religious respect and to promote positive interfaith relations in the United States and around the world.

“It is part of our mission to educate future leaders in the ELCA to commemorate, to teach and to pray responsibly in the public square. Learning about the Holocaust is a lesson in church history about the connections of Lutheran faith and anti-semitism in Germany. It is also a lesson that words from the pulpit count. Above all, the services educate sinners and saints how, in light of the murder of six million Jews, to pray ardently for and together with our Jewish sisters and brothers.”

Individuals who register for this service will be provided the Zoom participant details. The service will also be live-streamed on the LSTC Facebook page.

Photo credit: JARED WICKERHAM/EPA-EFE/REX/Shutterstock (9948253an)


Sara Trumm

Director, Center for Christian Muslim Engagement


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