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Crime and the Kehillah: Accusation and Response

July 9 @ 11:00 am - July 23 @ 12:30 pm

In 1906, New York City Police Commissioner Theodore Bingham asserted that half the city’s criminals were Jews. Although a widespread backlash forced Bingham to issue a retraction, Bingham’s message was loud and clear. New York’s Jewish population was considered a menace to more “polite” (aka “native”) society. In response, city residents formed the New York Kehilla, or “Community.” It was an attempt to organize communal activities under a single umbrella and present a united, productive group of Jewish New Yorkers and Americans. How was this unified front perceived? Were they successful? Using primary documents to spark discussion, this class will examine the successes and challenges of the Kehilla.

Barry Feldman is an educator, urban historian, and licensed New York City tour guide. He leads tours for the Museum at Eldridge Street and the Lower East Side Jewish Conservancy.

Details

Start:
July 9 @ 11:00 am
End:
July 23 @ 12:30 pm
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Venue

Museum at Eldridge Street
12 Eldridge Street
New York, NY 10002 United States

Organizer

Museum at Eldridge Street
Phone:
212-219-0302
Email:
contact@eldridgestreet.org
Website:
http://www.eldridgestreet.org