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Jewish History Online: Eastern Europe

Past Sessions
Sunday, June 26, 2022 27 Sivan 5782 - 10:30 AM
Sunday, June 12, 2022 13 Sivan 5782 - 10:30 AM


Join Gevarim to explore the Jewish History in Eastern Europe through
webinars provided by the Jewish Heritage Alliance.

Sunday, June 12 | The Glass Plates of Lublin

A special talk to celebrate publication of The Glass Plates of Lublin, selections from the 2,700 glass photographic plates discovered in the attic of a nineteenth-century apartment building in the former Jewish section of Lublin, Poland. Taken between 1913 and 1930, they capture the teeming life of Lublin before the war, at a time when Jews composed a third of the city’s population. In a conversation with Leora Tec, the book’s editors Aaron Lansky, Lisa Newman and Piotr Nazaruk.

 Sunday, June 26 | Russia's War on Ukraine: Perspectives from Jewish History

Four distinguished scholars of Jewish, Russian, and Ukrainian studies discuss how we can understand the war in Ukraine from the perspective of Jewish history and how the region's history may inform the future.

Jeffrey Veidlinger, University of Michigan, Chair of the Center for Jewish History’s Academic Advisory Council.

David Fishman, Jewish Theological Seminary; 
Amelia Glaser, University of California, San Diego; 
Marci Shore, Yale University

Questions? Contact Andrew Reamer.

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Past Lectures

Sunday, May 15 | The Converso Comeback: In the Footsteps of Hispanic Crypto-Jews (Bnei Anusim) 

The Miami Israeli Parliament and Jewish Heritage Alliance host presentations by  and conversation with Ashley Perry (Perez), President of Reconectar, dedicated to reconnecting descendants of Sepharad Jews with Israel; and Genie Milgrom, a Cuban-born, Catholic-raised Seferad genealogist and researcher, past president of the Jewish Genealogical Society of Greater Miami, and past president of the Society for Crypto-Judaic Studies.

Sunday, May 1 | Sefarad: A Journey Through Time and Space

According to some traditions, Jewish life on the Iberian Peninsula began during the time of King Solomon, though modern scholars believe that it likely originated some time during the Roman Empire. From the Golden Age of Spanish Jewry under Muslim rule, through centuries of persecution, forced conversion and ultimately Expulsion, the compelling and critical story of Sefarad lives on until today. Presented by Dr. Isaac Amon, Director of Research & Project Development at Jewish Heritage Alliance. Sponsored by the National Library of Israel. 

April 3, 2022 | Pioneers: Remembering the First Jews in America

January - March '22 | The Jewish Americans a PBS Miniseries
In six sessions over January through March, we'll watch and discuss the PBS miniseries The Jewish Americans, first broadcasted in 2008. 

January 9 & 23 | They Came to Stay; A World of Their Own
The opening program of The Jewish Americans begins the story in the 18th century when a small number of Jews came to America to become part of the emerging nation. Though they fought in the American Revolution, they were tolerated at best and were ready scapegoats, while the Civil War found Jewish Americans fighting on both sides of the struggle.

December 19 | The Last Million: Europe's Displaced Persons from World War to Cold War (David Nasaw)

December 5 | Family Affairs: East West Street and the Ratline (Phillippe Sands)

November 14 | Theodor Herzl: The Charismatic Leader (Derek Penslar)

October 31 | Jews and American Politics: Historical Ideals and Contemporary Realities, by Jonathan Sarna

Jewish leaders used to insist that there was no such thing as “Jewish politics” in the United States: it does not exist and should not exist. The historical record going all the way back to Abraham Lincoln belies that picture. By focusing on presidential elections from the Civil War to the present, we will see that “Jewish politics” has a long and significant history that has shaped both Jews and American politics for over 150 years. 

Focusing on presidential elections through history, Professor Jonathan Sarna explores the long and significant history of “Jewish politics” & the ways in which they have shaped both Jewish identity & American politics more broadly over the past 150 years.

October 3 | Immigration & Adaptation: Jewish Women of the Lower East Side,
with Annie Polland

 "Jewish Women of the World, Unite!" In 1908 a Yiddish newspaper summoned the Jewish immigrant women of New York's Lower East Side to unite—not to start a revolution but rather to observe the Sabbath. The Shabes Zhurnal, an effort led by Jewish rabbis and communal leaders, was chagrined at the blows immigration and adaptation had imposed on Jewish families and homed in on Jewish women as potential saviors. In this illustrated talk, drawing on cookbooks, memoirs, and advice columns, we'll look at the revolution of immigration and Americanization and how immigrant women creatively grappled with adaptation.

Dr. Annie Polland is the executive director of the American Jewish Historical Society, former vice president for programs and education at the Lower East Side Tenement Museum, and co-author, with Daniel Soyer, of the award-winning Emerging Metropolis: New York Jews in the Age of Immigration.

October 17 | 'The Times They Were a-Changin’: Jewish Protest Singers of the 1960s, with Seth Rogovoy 

While they may have shed the Yiddish language, Jewish singers and songwriters perpetuated the tradition of songs of social justice in the counter cultural ferment of the 1960s. Musicians ranging from Bob Dylan to Phil Ochs to Janis Ian to Country Joe and the Fish wrote and sang songs that became anthems of the civil rights, antiwar, and women’s movements, among other expressions of political protest. 

YIDSTOCK artistic director Seth Rogovoy—the author of a book about Bob Dylan—explores how these Jewish artists addressed many of the same issues their Yiddish forebears tackled just a few decades earlier and how Jewish values seem to have informed their work.

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