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Ambition, Activism and Adaptation: Jewish Women of the Lower East Side
February 20 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
Young women at the turn of the 20th century were pulled between old and new worlds, gender expectations and needs of survival. How were young, single women able to navigate their new world as immigrants? The four-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, the course 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.
Session 1: Life in Eastern Europe
Session 2: Arrival on the Lower East Side
Session 3: Bring in your own cultural artifacts belonging to grandparents or great-grandparents
Session 4: Labor activists and heroines
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.