04 January 2011

Boston: Interwar Polish Jews, January 9

Boston area readers will learn about the Jews of interwar Poland at the fourth annual lecture on Jewish genealogy, presented by the Jewish Genealogical Society of Greater Boston and Hebrew College, on Sunday, January 9.

The program - "No Way In, No Way Out: The Jews of Interwar Poland" with speaker Adam Teller - will begin at 3.30pm at Hebrew College, Newton Centre. The event is free and open to the public, but advance registration is required; seating is limited.

An associate professor of history and Judaic Studies at Brown University (Providence, Rhode Island), London-born Teller studied at Oxford University. He received a PhD in modern Jewish history at Hebrew University (Jerusalem), and was on the facuty of Haifa University before moving to Brown this year.
Polish Jews between the two World Wars were caught in political and economic cross-winds as they emerged from the confines of the Russian and Austrian Empires into a new world of competing national identities and powerful ideologies.
This program presents the history of the Jews in interwar Poland along two dimensions, political and cultural.
The extraordinary trilingual culture of Polish Jewry—Yiddish–Polish–Hebrew—enjoyed an almost unprecedented period of blossoming in these twenty years. Its remarkable achievements encompassed literature, the press, the theater, painting, and the cinema, while surrounded by mounting hostility. This is the story of Polish Jewry’s tragic second Golden Age. 
Hebrew College is located at 160 Herrick Road, Newton Centre.

The next JGSGB program is on January 16, when Robert Weinberg will speak on "DNA of the Jewish People, Similarities and Differences."

The society will also present a comprehensive intro Jewish genealogy course at Hebrew College, beginning February 7.

For more information, click here.

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