SOUTH ORANGE, NJ – The Sister Rose Thering Fund for Education in Jewish-Christian Studies at Seton Hall University will hold its 19th annual Evening of the Roses fundraiser on April 29.
The foundation awards scholarships each year to private and public K-12 teachers throughout New Jersey so that they may take graduate courses in the school’s Jewish-Christian studies program, according to Marilyn Zirl, the administrator for the fund.
This year’s event, which is open to the public and will be held in the school’s Jubilee Hall, will present an original theatrical performance commemorating the 100th anniversary of the birth of Raoul Wallenberg, a Swedish businessman who saved 100,000 Hungarian Jews from the Nazis.
The program will also posthumously honor Charles and Gloria Steiner, founding members of the Sister Rose Thering Fund, with its Humanitarian of the Year Award.
“We try to honor people who do things for the community” or for the world, Zirl said, “without thinking of anything in return.”
Charles Steiner was the driving force behind the fund’s scholarship program, according to a press release.
More than 400 educators have participated in the graduate program courses and workshops at Seton Hall University, the release said.
One of those scholarship recipients was Eve S. Morawski, co-chair of the South Orange/Maplewood Annual Interfaith Holocaust Remembrance Service and a lecturer on the Holocaust. Morawski was awarded the scholarship, which totals $3,000, or the cost of one graduate class at the university, in September.
Morawski said in the release that after visiting the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp last summer, taking a class would allow her to explore Christian and Jewish philosophies and values toward the Holocaust.
“I feel I need to have a stronger background in religious context and facts in order to teach in a more meaningful way,” she said.
The event begins at 2 p.m. and costs $75. For students at Seton Hall, the cost is $25, and the cost can be paid at the door, Zirl said. She added that anyone who is interested or wishes to inquire further about the program can send an email to SRTF@shu.edu.
Caitlin Carroll is participating in a hyperlocal journalism partnership between The Alternative Press and Seton Hall University's Department of Communication & The Arts designed to give students real-world experience.