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Oct
22
Thu
The Wexler Lecture on Jewish History
Oct 22 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

 

wexler lecture

LANDSMANSHAFTN: JEWISH HOMETOWN SOCIETIES IN THE NEW WORLD

DANIEL SOYER, FORDHAM UNIVERSITY

Landsmanshaftn, associations of immigrants from the same hometown, became the most popular form of organization among Eastern European Jewish immigrants to the United States in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. In addition to providing members with valuable material benefits, they served as arenas for formal and informal social interaction—some providing springboards for involvement in radical politics, others offering houses of prayer and cemetery plots. All of them helped newly arrived Jewish immigrants adapt to their new home and find their place in American society.

Book CoverProfessor Soyer will dive into the fascinating history of these organizations, connecting them to associations of immigrants from other ethnic groups as well as to an existing American tradition of fraternal organizations. In inventing new rituals and traditions, Soyer argues, landsmanshaftn reflected the influence of the surrounding American culture more than the traditions of Eastern Europe. As their members aged, the organizations became a way of keeping alive memories of a world that no longer existed.

daniel soyerSoyer is the author of Jewish Immigrant Associations and American Identity in New York, 1880-1939, the winner of the Saul Viener Award of the American Jewish Historical Society and the Thomas J. Wilson Prize of Harvard University Press. The book has been praised as an “illumination of the world of the landsmanshaftn [that] should stand as a model for all those engaged in the study of immigration and ethnicity.” He is professor of History and Jewish Studies at Fordham University. With Annie Polland, he wrote The Emerging Metropolis: New York Jews in the Age of Immigration, 1840-1920 (NYU, 2012), volume two of City of Promises: A History of the Jews of New York, winner of the National Jewish Book Award. His other books are (with Jocelyn Cohen) My Future Is in America: Autobiographies of Eastern European Jewish Immigrants (NYU, 2006), A Coat of Many Colors: Immigration, Globalization, and Reform in the New York City Garment Industry (Fordham University Press, 2005). He is coeditor, with Kirsten Fermaglich and Adam Mendelsohn of the journal American Jewish History.

This program is a part of the annual Wexler Lecture series made possible by the Edlavitch DCJCC’s Bernard Wexler Fund for Jewish History.

 

Nov
2
Mon
EDCJCC Chevruta Matching – find your summer study partner!
Nov 2 @ 6:30 pm – 7:15 pm

 

chevruta matching

Find your Chevruta match!

Learning in partnership is a Jewish tradition spanning back to the times of the Mishnaic scholars in the 1st century CE. It was highly encouraged that one learn Torah with a chevruta or peer and not only with a teacher. By debating and struggling with text alongside a peer, chevruta pairs are able to come to a totally new understanding of the text that neither person could have achieved on their own.

Fill out our carefully curated online chevruta matching survey to be paired with a partner matched based on your interests and background in studying Torah. You and your learning partner will gain access to Project Zug, an online learning platform from Hadar, and begin a 10-week session of learning Jewish text together based on social justice and Jewish values in text.

All participants in the EDCJCC chevruta program will begin the 10-week session with a kick-off event on Zoom on November 2nd, and we will close together on January 11th. You and your chevruta will choose your own weekly meeting time and method though we’ll give some guidance and suggestions.

Sign up now to get matched with your perfect partner to begin your learning journey!

$36 (registration closes October 29th)

Nov
6
Fri
Mezuzah Bim Boom Bag
Nov 6 all-day

The Edlavitch DCJCC presents a bagtastic and exciting opportunity to learn about Jewish customs and holidays through arts & crafts, stories, and discussions. When you sign up you will receive a Jewish themed arts & crafts activities to work on independently with your kid(s). A few days later we will get together over zoom and share our creative crafts, read a story, and learn cool facts about the Jewish topic.

This program is perfect for children 3+ years old.

Important Dates:

Sign up deadline: Wednesday, November 4

Pick up your bag at the EDCJCC between 12:15 and 12:45PM: Friday, November 6

Zoom accompaniment program: Thursday, November 12 @ 4 PM

 

This program is brought to you by the Edlavitch DCJCC and funded by The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington and The United Jewish Endowment Fund.

Nov
16
Mon
The Healing Power Of Marking Time During COVID-19: Kislev
Nov 16 @ 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Join the Manager of Jewish Life & Learning, Amanda Herring, to learn about each month of the Hebrew calendar on Rosh Chodesh, the first day of the new month.

During this unprecedented time when our regular schedules and ways of marking time have been disrupted, it is more important than ever to be in touch with the calendar and its wisdom. Dive into the themes of each lunar month, learn how they helped our ancestors track time agriculturally, and keep hold of important events in the Jewish people’s history.

We will take time to relate the month’s themes to our own lives in small groups, focusing on individual wellness during this stressful time. Participants will leave with tools to tackle the month ahead with purpose and the ability to plan for what’s to come.
Monday, November 16, Kislev
Tuesday, December 15, Tevet

Dec
15
Tue
The Healing Power Of Marking Time During COVID-19: Tevet
Dec 15 @ 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Join the Manager of Jewish Life & Learning, Amanda Herring, to learn about each month of the Hebrew calendar on Rosh Chodesh, the first day of the new month.

During this unprecedented time when our regular schedules and ways of marking time have been disrupted, it is more important than ever to be in touch with the calendar and its wisdom. Dive into the themes of each lunar month, learn how they helped our ancestors track time agriculturally, and keep hold of important events in the Jewish people’s history.

We will take time to relate the month’s themes to our own lives in small groups, focusing on individual wellness during this stressful time. Participants will leave with tools to tackle the month ahead with purpose and the ability to plan for what’s to come.

Tuesday, December 15, Tevet