WebEx Live: “Coming to America”: Jewish Immigration

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Program Description

Program Description

Maggie Fraser Kirsh, Visiting Assistant Professor of Judaic Studies at The College of William and Mary will introduce highlights of Jewish immigration (1880-1920) and the stories and literature that came out of that experience. Kirsh has a PhD in Modern European Jewish History and a Masters in Judaic Studies.

Registration is required. You will receive an email 24 hours before the event with login details. The virtual room opens 5 minutes before the event. If you receive a message that the room is closed, please try again closer to the event time.

This event is the kick-off for The Yiddish Book Center’s “Coming to America” Reading Groups for Public Libraries, a program in which librarians arrange reading groups to discuss three books of Yiddish literature in translation, and one book related to an immigrant community served by their library.

Event participants will be invited to register for the first book discussion, which is scheduled for July 16 at 6 p.m. Registered book discussion participants (maximum 15) will receive a free copy of Motl the Cantor’s Son by Sholem Aleichem when registered.

Motl the Cantor's Son describes one of the central events of modern Jewish history, immigration to the United States from Eastern Europe, through a child’s perspective.