How Frontier Jews Made American Judaism
Wednesday, February 13, 2019, 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
The first mass migration in American Jewish history took place in the nineteenth century, during the era of westward expansion and “manifest destiny.” Professor Shari Rabin, author of “Jews on the Frontier: Religion and Mobility in the Nineteenth Century,” will discuss how far-flung Jewish migrants in this era shaped the religious idioms, institutions, and ideologies of American Judaism.
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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