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Jewish History Online

Upcoming Sessions

1. Sunday, January 23, 2022 21 Shevat 5782

10:30 AM

2. Sunday, February 6, 2022 5 Adar I 5782

10:30 AM

3. Sunday, February 20, 2022 19 Adar I 5782

10:30 AM

4. Sunday, March 6, 2022 3 Adar II 5782

10:30 AM

5. Sunday, March 20, 2022 17 Adar II 5782

10:30 AM

6. Sunday, April 3, 2022 2 Nisan 5782

10:30 AM

7. Sunday, May 1, 2022 30 Nisan 5782

10:30 AM

8. Sunday, May 15, 2022 14 Iyyar 5782

10:30 AM

9. Sunday, June 12, 2022 13 Sivan 5782

10:30 AM

10. Sunday, June 26, 2022 27 Sivan 5782

10:30 AM
Past Sessions
Sunday, January 9, 2022 7 Shevat 5782 - 10:30 AM
Sunday, December 19, 2021 15 Tevet 5782 - 10:30 AM


In six sessions over January through March, we'll watch and discuss the PBS miniseries The Jewish Americans, first broadcasted in 2008.  As in prior years, each session will include one hour of video and 45 minutes of discussion led by Allan Tulchin.

Program topics and dates are below.

Questions? Contact Andrew Reamer.

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Upcoming Lectures

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.

Past Lectures

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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