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American Shtetl

17 January, 2023 at 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Free

Join Nomi M. Stolzenberg and David N. Myers as they talk to Shirli Gilbert about their recent work, American Shtetl: The Making of Kiryas Joel, a Hasidic Village in Upstate New York. 

Nomi Stolzenberg and David Myers paint a richly textured portrait of daily life in Kiryas Joel, exploring the community’s guiding religious, social, and economic norms. They delve into the roots of Satmar Hasidism and its charismatic founder, Rebbe Joel Teitelbaum, following his journey from nineteenth-century Hungary to post–World War II Brooklyn, where he dreamed of founding an ideal Jewish town modeled on the shtetls of eastern Europe. Stolzenberg and Myers chart the rise of Kiryas Joel as an official municipality with its own elected local government. They show how constant legal and political battles defined and even bolstered the community, whose very success has coincided with the rise of political conservatism and multiculturalism in American society over the past forty years.

Timely and accessible, American Shtetl unravels the strands of cultural and legal conflict that gave rise to one of the most vibrant religious communities in America, and reveals a way of life shaped by both self-segregation and unwitting assimilation.

Attendees in the US: this talk starts at 11.00am (Pacific Time)/ 2.00pm (Eastern Time).

Please note that booking closes 2 hours before the event. The Zoom link will be sent out on 16 January, and again 90 minutes before the event. If you have not received the link after that time, please contact bethany@sirmartingilbertlearningcentre.org

Nomi M. Stolzenberg and David N. Myers

Nomi M. Stolzenberg holds the Nathan and Lilly Shapell Chair at the University of Southern California Gould School of Law. She has written widely on law and religion.
David N. Myers is Distinguished Professor and Kahn Chair in Jewish History at UCLA. His many books include Jewish History: A Very Short Introduction.

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Date:
17 January, 2023
Time:
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Cost:
Free
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