Jewish Intellectuals of Odessa
Learn how Odessa became a center for the Jews of the Russian Empire in politics, culture and education. In the late eighteen and early nineteen hundreds the Jewish youth came to this seaport city to study in the many public and private schools opened by the community and government. The Jewish intellectuals moved there attracted by the numerous and varied opportunities this bustling city had to offer.
Hear a presentation about the Jewish Enlightenment movement, known as the Haskalah in Odessa. Walk in the footsteps of the early Zionists, including Ahad Ha’am and Leo Pinsker.
Marvel at the synagogue, which once was called the “Synagogue of Zionists”, which currently belongs to the Chabad Lubavitch. We will discuss why things changed and you will find out what made the Jewish intellectuals leave the city and move to Palestine at the dawn of the 20th century.
Finally, we explore Odessa as it was described by the prominent Jewish revolutionary Ze’ev Jabotinsky in his novel The Five.
Join us for this presentation, the second of this three-part series that focuses on Jewish Odessa.
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