Presented by the Center for Jewish History, the American Jewish Historical Society and the Scholars Working Group on Jews and New York City in collaboration with the Goldstein-Goren Institute at New York University

New York City has been home to more Jews than any other city in the United States. Over the years, countless observers—from poets to politicians—have considered New York a “Jewish City.” But what exactly does that idea mean? How have Jews shaped New York? And how has America’s largest city molded the Jews? Join us on Sunday, April 29, for a day of discussion on the remarkable synergy between this great people and this great city. Click here for more information.


11 a.m.
Part I – City of Promises, presented by Deborah Dash Moore, scholar and editor of this forthcoming account of the largest Jewish urban community in Jewish history

12:30 p.m.
Part II – Symposium

Hasia Diner, NYU and Tony Michels, University of Wisconsin–-co-conveners of the Symposium and the Scholars Working Group on New York City and the Jews

Session 1: New York City, the Jews and the Atlantic World, the Colonial Period – 1820
David Sorkin, CUNY, Moderator
John Dixon, College of Staten Island, CUNY
Adam Mendelssohn, College of Charleston
Hilit Surowitz-Israel, University of Florida

Session 2: The Great Jewish Migration and New York City in the Long 19th Century, 1820 – 1924
Daniel Soyer, Fordham University, Moderator
Richard Greenwald, St. Joseph’s College, Brooklyn
Annie Polland, VP for Education, Lower East Side Tenement Museum
Lara Vapnek, St. John’s University

Session 3: The Promised City? 1924 – Present
David Kaufman, Hofstra University, Moderator
Jeffrey Gurock, Yeshiva University
Jonathan Karp, SUNY Binghamton and Executive Director, American Jewish Historical Society
Nancy Sinkoff, Rutgers University

Conclusions/New Directions
Nancy Foner, CUNY Graduate Center


Open:   04/29/12
Close:   04/29/12

04/29/12- 11:00
Theater:   Center for Jewish History
Address:   15 West 16th Street
New York, NY 10011
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Cost:$8.00 - $20.00
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