Events by location: Center for Jewish History

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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This is the NY Premiere Screening of the film Cuba’s Forgotten Jewels. It was born of the tales Marion Kreith told her daughter, co-director Judy Kreith. Marion escaped war-torn Europe as a young girl with her family, evading Nazi capture and crossing the Atlantic to a tropical paradise. In this film, her story mingles with the personal accounts of other refugees who recall their escape to Havana and the challenges they faced in the exotic and unfamiliar land.

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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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The New York City premiere of this documentary film brings us to the filmmaker’s discovery of her grandparents’ confiscated pre-World War II estate and her own German Jewish heritage, and records the work of a Cornell University architecture team to design creative new uses for the site.

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“Knowledge in Flight” is a conference investigating the migration of scholars from perilous and intellectually oppressive political settings to new environments that allow them to continue their work and thrive. Jeremy Adelman, Professor of History at Princeton University, will deliver the keynote lecture: “Pariahs and Prophets: How Outsiders Help Insiders Think about the World.”

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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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The German banker and philanthropist Max. M. Warburg will accept the Leo Baeck Medal during a special evening at the Center for Jewish History in New York. Join us when we honor an extraordinary individual who represents an extraordinary family.

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The LBI London, in cooperation with LBI New York and with the Institute of Contemporary History, Czech Academy of Sciences, is holding a workshop at the Center for Jewish History, New York, 24 August 2017. About the workshop: The defeat of the Wehrmacht in May 1945 put an end to the Nazi policy of annihilation…

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To celebrate the opening of a new exhibition, historian Tobias Brinkmann (Penn State) comments on an exhibition that shows how diverse groups of German-speaking immigrants forged an identity in the New World.

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In 1967, Stephen Birmingham published his best-selling social history of New York’s elite German-Jewish banking families and posited a new, Jewish, American aristocracy. A panel of historians and a journalist will evaluate the legend and the reality of “Our Crowd” and the impact of the institutions they created on American life.

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