Thoughtful Thursdays: Exploring the Jewish Landscape of Learning Presents…
When did Chanukah become a major part of the Jewish American Identity?
Presented by Dustin Hausner, Director, Community Outreach & Engagement at the Jewish Federation of Northern New Jersey.
Thursday, December 16
Back by popular demand!
Dustin Hausner will take us on another fascinating journey – this time to explore the evolution of a
minor Jewish festival. How did Chanukah become the major celebration it is today and such an
important part of Jewish identity in the United States? Get ready for a thought-provoking discussion
about the Americanization of the Festival of Lights!
Dustin Hausner graduated with his M.S. in Negotiation and Conflict Resolution from Columbia
University. He has worked for two New York State Assembly Members and Jewish nonprofits including the Holocaust Museum & Center for Tolerance and Education in Rockland County, the Rabbinical Assembly, and the American Society for Yad Vashem. Dustin’s most recent past position was as the Jewish Outreach and Program Director at the Wayne YMCA. He currently works as the Director, Community Outreach & Engagement at the Jewish Federation of Northern New Jersey.