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Cover of "Jews on the Frontier: Religion & Mobility in Nineteenth-Century America," showing the marquee image of a Jewish newspaper overlaid on a black-and-white historic photograph of a shopfront**The University of Washington Seattle campus has suspended operations Tuesday, due to continued snow accumulation. We are therefore unable to host this event. Keep an eye on our e-journal for articles on this topic.

The first mass migration in American Jewish history took place in the nineteenth century, during the era of westward expansion and “manifest destiny.”

Shari Rabin,  author of the new book “Jews on the Frontier: Religion and Mobility in the Nineteenth Century” (NYU Press) and assistant professor of Jewish studies at the College of Charleston, will discuss how far-flung Jewish migrants in this era shaped the religious idioms, institutions, and ideologies of American Judaism, paving the way for the unique realities of American Jewish life today.

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About the speaker

Shari Rabin received a Ph.D. in religious studies from Yale University in 2015 and is currently assistant professor of Jewish Studies and director of the Pearlstine/Lipov Center for Southern Jewish Culture at the College of Charleston. A historian of American religions and modern Judaism, she is the author of “Jews on the Frontier: Religion and Mobility in Nineteenth-century America” (New York University Press, 2017), which won the National Jewish Book Award in American Jewish Studies and was a finalist for the Sami Rohr Prize for Jewish Literature.

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