Benjamin Sommer, The Jewish Theological Seminary
Monday, December 5 at 7:30 pm
College Avenue Student Center
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Sunday, September 25 at 3:00 pm
As part of Rutgers 250 commemoration, three leading scholars of American Jewish history will probe the state of Jewish life in America on key dates tied to the founding of Rutgers: 1766, 1866, and 1966. These historians will initiate the discussion by each examining an artifact of Jewish life in America: a letter about a Jewish family living in colonial New Brunswick, a mid-nineteenth-century local charity roll, and a landmark ’60s rock album.
Laura Arnold Leibman, Reed College, author of Messianism, Secrecy, & Mysticism: A New Interpretation of Early American Jewish Life
Annie Polland, The Tenement Museum, co-author of Emerging Metropolis: New York Jews in the Age of Immigration, 1840-1920
Tony Michels, University of Wisconsin Madison, author of Jewish Radicals: A Documentary Reader
Moderator: Jeffrey Shandler, Chair,Department of Jewish Studies, Rutgers