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The Sidney and Beatrice Albert Inter-Faith Lectureship Program was founded at The College of Saint Rose to preserve and develop the qualities of compassion and religious tolerance embodied by the late Sidney and Beatrice Albert. The program, which brings notable speakers to the Saint Rose campus each year, is designed to encourage understanding and dialogue among people of different religious backgrounds and faiths.

Sidney and Beatrice Albert

Sidney and Beatrice Albert, lifelong residents of Albany were probably best known for their generosity and work on behalf of the poor, the disabled and other less fortunate people.

Over the years, the Albert’s actively gave to all kinds of organizations and individuals regardless of ethnic and religious affiliation. As a result of his concern and generosity for the people of the Capital Region, Sidney Albert received the Endowment Achievement Award by the Council of Jewish Federations of North America in 1987 and the Humanitarian Award by the Anti-Defamation League of B’nai B’rith in 1988.

The Sidney Albert Inter-Faith Lectureship Program

Monday, march 18 at 7:00 pm in the Hubbard interfaith sanctuary (959 Madison ave, Albany, NY 12203)

Saint Rose Lecture with Mark Weitzman Focuses on Extremism

About Mark Weitzman:

Mark Weitzman is a Director of Government Affairs for the Simon Wiesenthal Center (SWC) and Chief Representative of the SWC to the United Nations in New York. He is a member of the official US delegation to the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA), and former Chair of the Committee on Antisemitism and Holocaust Denial, where he played a leading role in the IHRA’s adoption of the Working Definition of Antisemitism. Mr. Weitzman is the author of a number of publications on anti-Semitism and won the 2007 National Jewish Book Award for best anthology for Antisemitism: the Generic Hatred: Essays in Memory of Simon Wiesenthal. Most recently he was a member of the Advisory Expert Group of the joint OSCE/UNESCO project Addressing Antisemitism through Education: Guidelines for Policymakers

Mr. Weitzman is a participant in the program on Religion and Foreign Policy of the Council on Foreign Relations and served as a member of the advisory panel of Experts on Freedom of Religion or Belief of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE).

He has testified in the U.S. Congress, met with world leaders including UN Secretary-Generals Kofi Annan, Ban Ki-moon and Antonio Guterres and been a featured speaker at three UN conferences on antisemitism and extremism. He has also met with Popes Benedict and Francis in the US and Rome.
He is currently co-editing the Routledge History of Antisemitism, scheduled for publication in 2020.

For more information call the Office of Spiritual Life at 454-5250