History

The Stan Greenspon Center for Peace and Social Justice Exists to Promote Bridges of Multicultural Understanding and Collaboration

In 2013, in response to an increasing demand for Holocaust education in Charlotte an initiative was conceived to explore the creation of a Holocaust and multicultural teacher education center.

The Levine-Sklut Judaic Library and Resource Center (LSJL), led by Talli Dippold, and the Jewish Federation of Greater Charlotte, led by Sue Worrel, oversaw a study funded by Stan Greenspon. This study, led also by LSJL Board members Jackie Fishman and Melanie Baron, would include research, community focus groups, and travel to a dozen Holocaust centers and conferences. The research culminated on January 15, 2015 with the presentation of a 130 page document recommending the creation of a Center for Holocaust Education and Collective Justice.

On January 19, 2015, Rabbi Schindler announced her retirement from Charlotte’ s Temple Beth El after 18 years of service as Associate then Senior Rabbi. By May of 2015, the Jewish Federation of Greater Charlotte tasked Rabbi Schindler with exploring the feasibility of such a center.

Under Rabbi Schindler’s oversight, the concept of the Stan Greenspon Center for Peace and Social Justice was brought to Queens University. The university had already engaged Talli Dippold as the Director of Jewish Life, and initiated a minor in Jewish studies. Bringing on Rabbi Schindler as a professor of Jewish Studies and Director of the Stan Greenspon Center was part of  their vision.

In November of 2016, the perfect match was made and a home for the Stan Greenspon Center for Peace and Social Justice at Queens University was found.

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