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LBI remembers the events of November 9, 1938, when state-sponsored gangs destroyed Jewish homes, synagogues, and businesses. With historian Marion Kaplan, the premiere of a short documentary featuring living eyewitnesses who live in New York City, and a musical performance.

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In the first of a lecture series sponsored by civic activists Dr. Barbaralee Diamonstein-Spielvogel and her husband, Ambassador Carl Spielvogel, the distinguished journalist Bill Moyers will reflect on Jewish history and the Jewish and other values that can inform the struggle for a just and fair society during this crucial and tumultuous moment in history.

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Rudolf Klein, professor of modern architectural history at Szent István University, Budapest, will give a talk on his new book, Synagogues in Hungary, 1867–1918 (Central European University Press, 2017).

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Historian Michael Brenner (American/University of Munich) will discuss contemporary Jewish life in Germany on the occasion of the English-language publication of A History of Jews in Germany since 1945.

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The mother-daughter team behind The German-Jewish Cookbook (Brandeis University Press, 2017) discuss their historical and gastronomic exploration of German-Jewish cuisine.

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Emma Lazarus​, the nineteenth-century Sephardic American poet and translator, expressed an identity particularly engaged with the Jewish legacy of medieval Spain. This ASF Young Sephardi Scholars Series Lecture by 2018 Broome & Allen Fellow Leonard Stein will explore Lazarus’s proto-Zionism, sexuality, and advocacy for a compassionate American society, positions informed by her readings of al-Andalus and the Spanish Inquisition as interpellated by contemporary German Jewish scholars. Comparing her poetry with these historical sources reveals how her famous work against anti-Semitism and nationalist chauvinism stem from a commitment to her ancestral past.

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A new website and exhibition explore the dramatic events of 1938 from the perspectives of ordinary people. This opening reception will feature Marsha L. Rozenblit, Harvey M. Meyerhoff Professor of Modern Jewish History at the University of Maryland.

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Susannah Heschel (Dartmouth College) examines the development of “prophecy” as a central category in Protestant and Jewish biblical scholarship over the past 200 years.

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A conversation about the state of Jewish media in Germany with Rafael Seligman, publisher of the English-language Quarterly, “Jewish Voice from Germany.”

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Dr. Yael Sela-Teichler discusses the 1791 edition of Moses Mendelssohn’s German translation of Psalms, The Book of the Songs of Israel, exploring maskilic renderings of the music of the Hebrews that reclaim biblical poetry as Jewish musical heritage and challenge traditional notions of exile.

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