Modern Jewish History: A Deeper Look (Daytime Group) – SOLD OUT

Each week, we learn and debate together about a subject from the broad span of Modern Jewish History. Continues across the year with changing themes. Occasional places sometimes become available. Please contact us if you would like to join the waiting list.


Professor Shirli Gilbert
University College London (UCL)


November 6, 2020 - 10.30 am


December 11, 2020 - 12.00 pm

Jews on the Frontier (6 Nov – 11 Dec)

This term we shift our attention beyond the familiar, to Jews who created distinct Jewish lives and communities far away from what we assume to be the centres of Jewish life and history. How did individuals and communities adapt their culture in the diverse, far-flung places they settled? How did they order their communal and religious lives away from organised structures and rabbinic authorities? What have been their encounters and relationships with diverse racial and religious ‘Others’? And what have been their relationships across time to the supposed Jewish mainstream in Europe, America and Israel?

Weekly topics:

  1. From Gold Rush to Apartheid: The South African Experience
  2. The Chosen Folks: Jews in the American West and South
  3. Argentina, Brazil and Mexico: Haven from Persecution?
  4. Jews Down Under
  5. Arabs and Jews in Ottoman Palestine
  6. The Frontier Within: Black, Sephardi and Other Jews in the 21st Century

Time: Fridays 10.30am-12pm
Dates: 6, 13, 20, 27 November 4 & 11 December
Venue: On Zoom (link will be provided before each session)
Cost: Term lengths vary – November term is x6 weeks at £187.50

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