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New York: The Greatest Jewish City in the World – Part I of III

Hosted By: The Lower East Side Jewish Conservancy (LESJC)

What did the author Harry Golden mean when he called New York a “Jewish city” and why did he assert that it is “the greatest” of all? Over the course of three sessions on Zoom, Jewish historian David Kaufman will address these questions via three distinct themes: history, culture, and community.

For this, the first part of the series, Dr. Kaufman will contextualize the growth of New York’s Jewish population within the larger frame of Jewish history. Part 2 (December 13) will survey the extraordinary contributions made by New York Jews to 20th century American culture, and the 3rd part (to be held early in 2022), will examine the city’s incredibly diverse Jewish community, establishing New York as a ‘new Jerusalem.’

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Teacher

Dr. David E. Kaufman

Dr. David E. Kaufman, presenter for these 3 sessions, was born and bred in Brooklyn, New York, and educated at the Bialik Hebrew Day School and the Yeshiva of Flatbush High School. He holds degrees from Columbia College, the Jewish Theological Seminary of America, and Brandeis University. A PhD in American Jewish History, he has taught at numerous colleges such as CUNY, Brown University, University of Massachusetts/Amherst, Hebrew Union College/Los Angeles and Hofstra University. In addition to numerous articles on the social, religious, and architectural history of the American synagogue, Dr. Kaufman has authored two books: Shul with a Pool: The Synagogue-Center in American Jewish History (Brandeis, 1999) and Jewhooing the Sixties: American Celebrity and Jewish Identity (Brandeis, 2012). David currently lives on the Upper West Side and is engaged in public education, researching, writing, and teaching the history of the New York Jewish community.
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The Lower East Side Jewish Conservancy (LESJC)

The Lower East Side Jewish Conservancy (LESJC) is an educational non-profit, created in 1998, to preserve and support the Lower East Side’s community of living synagogues and other historic structures, and to raise public awareness of the neighborhoods distinct cultural identity. As the birthplace of American Jewish civilization, and the most iconic immigrant neighborhood in America, we share this history by taking people on walking tours which enter sacred sites, where you learn how past generations came here, lived and worshiped. Learn more about LESJC here.
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