Jewish Journeys


A Conversation with Local Community Members about the Personal Journeys that Shaped Their Jewish Identities


February 2 @ 12:00 pm

The Jewish community is diverse and includes people from a variety of backgrounds and with a variety of perspectives, experiences, customs, life causes and passions.  This very diversity enriches our lives.  Yet, it is not often that we have an opportunity to come together to share about how being Jewish has impacted our ongoing life journeys.  Three members of our community will talk a bit about their personal journeys, and then participants will be invited to join a group discussion about the themes and stories that were shared. Come connect and get inspired along with us.


The CHAI Seniors Program is coordinated by CUJF and funded by the Goldberg-Gordon-Yairi Fund for Seniors and the Libby & Harry Miller Memorial Fund of CUJEF.


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About Our Speakers

Diane Gottheil, Ph.D.

President of the Josh Gottheil Memorial Fund for Lymphoma Research

Diane Gottheil began her professional life in the field of international relations, moved to criminal justice, and then to medical education, retiring as associate director of the MD/PhD program at the UI College of Medicine at UC. She did her doctoral and post-doctoral work in Israel and has visited many times.  In the community Diane has served on the board of Hadassah, Hillel, CUJF, CUJEF, and has been a member of Sinai Temple for over forty years. She is currently President of the Josh Gottheil Memorial Fund for Lymphoma Research.

Brian B. Kahn, Ph.D.

Chair for CUJF Holocaust Education Center

Brian B. Kahn is a retired associate professor of Teacher Education at the University of Illinois at Springfield. He has been teaching the Holocaust since the early 1990’s, both at the secondary and post-secondary levels and has published several articles in national and international journals dealing with this subject. Currently, he serves as the chair for the Holocaust Education Center of the Champaign Urbana Jewish Federation, while also speaking in area classrooms and sharing the legacy of his family’s experiences during the Holocaust.

Joyce D. Meyer, MSW

Political and Social Activist 

Joyce D. Meyer has been a member of the Champaign-Urbana Jewish community since coming to UIUC in the 1970’s to study political science (BA 1981) and social work (MS 1984). Her feminist interests and political activism began while Joyce was in high school in Chicago.  She has participated in many activist groups, and taught both at UIUC (as a teaching assistant) and Parkland College (as a part-time faculty member) where she sponsored the Native American film series and was active in the part-time facult