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Rabbi Arnold Task addresses Holocaust in Cavanaugh Lecture Series

Released: 09/29/2010

LSUA’s Cavanaugh Lecture Series will kick off on Thursday evening, September 30, with Rabbi Arnold Task who will put a human face on the suffering endured by those who lived through the Holocaust. The lecture will take place at 7 p.m. at the Alexandria Museum of Art. The event is free and open to the public.

Task will share stories from both concentration camp survivors and liberators. He will also address the ways the horrors of the Holocaust lived on after World War II.

Task, a distinguished leader from the Alexandria area, is noted for his long and active interest in human rights and has received several awards for his service to community and for his work in promoting social justice. Those awards include The Greensboro Chamber of Commerce-Levi Coffin Human Rights Award (1982), the North Carolina Human Relations Council-Citizens Award for Human Rights (1988), The State of North Carolina-Order of the Long Leaf Pine from Governor James Martin for promoting Holocaust education throughout the state (1989), Central Conference of American Rabbis—the first annual Sam Cook Award for lifelong youth work (2000), and the Alexandria Rotary Club—Four Avenues of Service Award (2007). A graduate from the University of Chicago, Task was ordained in 1958 at the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in Cincinnati, where he received a Master of Arts in Hebrew Letters and a Doctor of Divinity Degree. Since then he has served congregations in St. Louis, Missouri, Newport News, Virginia, Greensboro, North Carolina, and Alexandria, Louisiana. While in Alexandria, he has served as President of the Central Louisiana Ministers’ Association, the Family counseling Agency, Angel Care, the Louisiana Maneuvers and Military Museum at Camp Beauregard, and the Chair of the LSUA Lay Advisory Committee. He has also served on the Board of the Chamber of Commerce, the Board of Directors for the United Way, the Central Louisiana Community Foundation, the Alexandria Human Relations Task Force, and the Mayor’s Human Relations Commission for Alexandria.

The Cavanaugh Lecture Series is sponsored by the LSUA Department of Arts, English and Humanities. It is named for former LSUA Chancellor, Dr. Robert Cavanaugh.