EMU Center for Jewish Studies to host Tamar Manasseh: "An African-American Jewish Mother Repairing Cracks in Our Communities"

Tamar Manasseh leans on a fence wearing a Star of David and "Shebrew" printed on her t-shirt for the "They Ain't Ready for Me" documentary film.

YPSILANTI --  The EMU Center for Jewish Studies is sponsoring its third annual Art and Mary Schuman lecture: Tamar Manasseh, “An African-American Jewish Mother Repairing Cracks in Our Communities.” The virtual event takes place on Jan. 24, at 7 p.m.

Tamar Manasseh, an African-American Jewish mother of two teenagers, is Founder and Director of “Mothers and Men Against Senseless Killings” (MASK), an organization fighting gun violence on the streets of Chicago since 2015. She is subject of features by NBC News, the PBS Newshour, the New York Times, the Forward, and a full-length documentary, "They Ain’t Ready for Me." She is also, in what Rabbi Capers Funnye has described as “a watershed moment” for the Israelite community,” the first woman ordained to the rabbinate at Chicago’s Beth Shalom B’nai Zaken Ethiopian Hebrew Congregation.

The presentation is free and open to everyone. Because the pandemic has made live presentations difficult, the event will take place on Zoom. The link to attend is: http://tinyurl.com/tamaremu

About Eastern Michigan University

Founded in 1849, Eastern is the second oldest public university in Michigan. It currently serves more than 16,000 students pursuing undergraduate, graduate, specialist, doctoral, and certificate degrees in the arts, sciences, and professions. In all, more than 300 majors, minors, and concentrations are delivered through the University's Colleges of Arts and Sciences; Business; Education; Engineering and Technology; Health and Human Services; and, its graduate school. EMU is regularly recognized by national publications for its excellence, diversity, and commitment to applied education. For more information about Eastern Michigan University, visit the University's website.

January 18, 2022

Written by:
Walter Kraft

Melissa Thrasher