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American Jewish History —Up close
February 2 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
An event every 3 weeks that begins at 12:00 pm on Sunday, happening 2 times
Join us for this lively adult education class as we look at some of the amazing stories of Jewish life in America through key original documents.
Having examined first how the U.S. simultaneously did and did not welcome Jews, and then the unique role of women in American Judaism, our two February sessions turn to 1) The Rise of American Reform and 2) The Diversity of American Jews.
On February 2nd at Mary Beth and Harry Adelman’s house, we’ll examine how Reform Judaism came to America, how different it was than German Reform, the early attempts to unify all of American Judaism, and Isaac Mayer Wise’s unique (some would say peculiar) vision that all of America could become Jewish.
Then on February 23rd, we’ll look at how different Judaisms began competing in America, how even the Orthodox in this country had to come up with a “platform” modeled on political parties, and how diversity grew.
Each class will meet from 12 to 1:30; feel free to bring your lunch! Each session is basically self-contained, so feel free to come to one or both February sessions even if you’ve missed the previous ones. Everyone is welcome and there is no charge, but please email Rabbi Daniel at firstname.lastname@example.org, so that he knows to expect you, can prepare the right amount of material, and can contact you in case of bad weather.