Temple Emanuel Scholar-in-Residence Weekend:
Beyond the Shtetl: A Thousand Years of Distinctive Jewish Life in Eastern Europe
Temple Emanuel welcomes all members of the community to participate in our 2015 Scholar-in-Residence weekend, March 20-22. In a series of discussions over the course of three days, Professor Samuel Kassow of Trinity College will discuss his quarter century of scholarship on the Eastern European Jewish Experience. Since the fall of the Soviet Union and the end of the Cold War, Professor Kassow has been one of a small number of scholars to expand our knowledge of the often-overlooked intellectual history of this part of the Jewish world.
Highlights of the weekend include:
Friday, March 20
6:00 pm: Shabbat dinner (reservations required – please call the TE office or register on the TE website, www.templeemanuel-gnh.org,)
7:30 pm: Kabbalat Shabbat Service led by Rabbi Michael Farbman. Professor Kassow will talk about the newly opened Museum of the History of Polish Jews in Warsaw.
Saturday, March 21
11:30 am: Dairy Luncheon
12:30 pm: Time capsules full of documents were buried under the rubble of ghettos and death camps. Professor Kassow will discuss the items preserved in the Ringleglum Archive in the Warsaw Ghetto and the people who worked to maintain these documents.
Sunday, March 22
10:00 am: Bagels and Coffee
10:30 am: Professor Kassow will present “Vilna: the Jerusalem of Lithuania,” a discussion of the home of the great Vilna Gaon, the birthplace of the Jewish Socialist Bund and the world capital of the imaginary country known as “Yiddishland.”
Samuel Kassow, Charles H. Northam Professor of History at Trinity College in Hartford, CT, holds a Ph.D. from Princeton University and has lectured and taught in Mexico, Lithuania, Russia, Poland and Israel. He has been a Visiting Professor at Princeton, Harvard, the University of Toronto and Hebrew University. Since 2008 he has served as a consultant to the Museum of the History of Polish Jews in Warsaw, Poland.
Professor Kassow is the author of several books including: The Distinctive life of East European Jewry (2004) and Who Will Write Our History: Emanuel Ringelblum and the Secret Ghetto Archive (2007), which received the Orbis Prize and was a finalist for a National Jewish Book Award and has been translated in to seven languages. A child of Holocaust Surviviors, Professor Kassow was born in a Displaced Persons Camp in Germany.
For more information about this program and all events, celebrations and services at Temple Emanuel, please go to the TE website: www.templeemanuel-gnh.org, or call the temple office at 203-397-3000.