A PORTRAIT OF THE PALE OF SETTLEMENT
DESCRIPTION: Most Jews in
the United States are descendants of people whose origins were in the Russian
Empire’s Pale of Settlement and, before that, the vast area of Poland-Lithuania.
Who were these people, and what were their lives like? What is the cultural,
religious and sociological heritage that today’s American Jews have
received from them? This series of lectures will investigate some of the
key attributes and developments of the Jewish communities of the Pale, beginning
in the late 18th-Century and continuing throughout the 19th-Century, when
the huge exodus to America and other countries began. Included in the course
will be a study of the major trends in Jewish religious, cultural and political
life, central to the modern history of Jews: the founding and development
of Hasidism, the spread of the Haskalah (Jewish Enlightenment) throughout
the empire, the birth of modern Yiddish literature and its origins, and the
beginnings of Socialism and Zionism within the Russian-Jewish community.
There will be some handouts and the use of PowerPoint.
- The Jews of Poland-Lithuania: Where did they
come from and why did they come to Poland?
- The shtetl: What was life like for Jews living in
the Pale of Settlement in 19th-Century Russia?
- Movements that developed among the Jews of the Russian
Haskalah, Zionism, the Socialist movement
- The birth and flourishing of Yiddish literature
in the 19th-Century: The world of Sholem Aleichem, and others
BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION: Dr. edith
R. Frankel is a native-born American who lived in Israel for many
years. While in Jerusalem, she taught at the Hebrew University. Her BA
Cornell University and her Ph.D. (from Columbia University) is in Comparative
Government. For many years Frankel specialized in the Soviet Union with
a particular interest in the inter-action between government and literary
policy. She gradually moved towards Jewish history, specifically in the
Russian Empire, as well as the Hapsburg Empire, and has taught many of
these subjects. Dr. Frankel has published a number of books and articles
in this field including, her book Old Lives and New: Soviet Immigrants
in Israel and America. It is based on a series of interviews with
new immigrants in both Israel and the U.S. both at the end of the 1970’s
and again 25 years later. Dr. Frankel has also taught at Stanford University,
and Dartmouth. The website for her new book: www.oldlives.com.
|11:15 am – 1:00
Mondays, February 11, 18, 25; March 4
Barry and Florence Friedberg Auditorium, Boca Raton Campus
$34 member / $54 non-member