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Tangled Roots, New Branches: The Jews of the American South (Spring 2021)

Thursday, June 3, 2021 thru Thursday, June 17, 2021
6:00 PM to 7:15 PM
See session list below for specific session times and locations.
Educator: Fred Rosenbaum

From the Colonial period to the present Jews settled and thrived in the American South well before the Revolutionary War and numbered over 10,000 there by 1860. One of their own, Judah P. Benjamin, was second only to Jefferson Davis as a leader of the Confederacy.

We will examine their varied responses to the enslavement of millions of African Americans in their midst and their role in the Civil War. We will also discuss the handful of courageous southern rabbis who spoke out for civil rights in the 1950s and 60s, often against the wishes of their congregations.

In our final session, we will consider the Jews of the New South, including the recent influx into Atlanta and the Jewish impact on Georgia’s 2020 presidential and senatorial elections.

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  • Thursday, 06/03/2021 6:00 pm to 7:15 pm
  • Thursday, 06/10/2021 6:00 pm to 7:15 pm
  • Thursday, 06/17/2021 6:00 pm to 7:15 pm


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