Ambition, Activism, and Adaptation: Jewish Women of the Lower East Side
April 22 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm$20.00 - $100.00
Young immigrant women at the turn-of-the-20th century were often pulled between old and new worlds, gender expectations and evolving ways of life. How were young, single women able to navigate their new environment? This six-session course will examine the lives of the many Jewish women who arrived on the Lower East Side between 1870-1914. Through memoirs, letters and other historical material, you will explore the nature of life for Jewish women in Eastern Europe, the changes they faced after immigration, their work, family life and cultural adjustments. Participants will have a chance to share their own family’s cultural artifacts that may be used to deepen our understanding of this topic.
May 20th’s session will include a special guided tour of Henry Street Settlement, to learn about women who led the downtown movement toward social justice and public health.
Lucy Shahar is a retired intercultural facilitator and consultant. She has worked extensively with immigrants, focusing on understanding and dealing with the cultural differences they encounter. Lucy has also taught US History, with an emphasis on immigration.