This was the College’s annual Kristallnacht commemoration, presented by the Center for Jewish Studies at Queens College and Sinai Chapels of Fresh Meadows, to recommit to combating anti-Semitism and hatred. The keynote address, “Casablanca, the Refugee Question, and the Fateful Summer of 1938,” by Noah Isenberg, included clips from the popular film starring Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman.

The program, which was free and open to the public, included a candle-lighting ceremony with Holocaust survivors and family members of the subsequent generations. There was also a multicultural invocation and audiovisual and musical interludes, including performances by Townsend Harris High School students, and Ms. Sara Kahan, who will performed the national anthem.  Sinai Chapels President, Michael Resnick, was recognized for his many years of support of this event and the Center for Jewish Studies at Queens College.

Noah Isenberg is professor of culture and media and director of the Screen Studies program at the New School’s Eugene Lang College of Liberal Arts in New York City. His latest book is We’ll Always Have ‘Casablanca’: The Life, Legend, and Afterlife of Hollywood’s Most Beloved Movie. Isenberg is also the author of the critically acclaimed biography Edgar G. Ulmer: A Filmmaker at the Margins, and a recipient of grants and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Fulbright Commission, the International Research Center for Cultural Studies in Vienna, and the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation.

In aiming to be the premier community resource for Jewish intellectual endeavor in the Queens-Long Island area, the Center for Jewish Studies at Queens College has become one of the best-known in the country. Through its outreach and research exploring the more than three millennia of Jewish civilization, the center bridges QC’s academic Jewish studies program and the community. Its attractive educational and spirited cultural programs on campus—lectures, symposia, conferences, film festivals, and artistic performances—are all open to the public, most at no cost.

Sinai Chapels of Fresh Meadows, Queens, is a funeral home serving New York’s Jewish community for four generations. It is owned and operated by Michael Resnick and his family. The Resnick family and Sinai Chapels are proud to support the Jewish studies program at Queens College and to have supported this special Kristallnacht commemoration.