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The Jews of Harlem – Talk with Professor Jeffrey Gurock
September 17, 2017 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
New York Times columnist David W. Dunlap once wrote that “on the map of the Jewish Diaspora, Harlem Is Atlantis. . . . A vibrant hub of industry, artistry and wealth is all but forgotten. It is as if Jewish Harlem sank 70 years ago beneath waves of memory beyond recall.”
In this lecture, Professor Jeffrey S. Gurock, Libby M. Klaperman Professor of Jewish History at Yeshiva University, recalls Jewish Harlem, a neighborhood that was once home to the second largest Jewish community in America.
Using periodicals, memoir, interviews and genealogical materials, Professor Gurock will describe the period leading up to and during World War I. What were the forces that brought several generations of Central European, Eastern European, and Sephardic Jews to settle there? What led Jewish residents to scatter to other parts of Manhattan, to the outer boroughs, and to other cities? Is increased gentrification bringing them back now?
This talk follows Jews into, out of, and back into this renowned New York City metropolitan neighborhood over the course of a century and a half.
Co-spoonsored with the Jewish Genealogical Society, Inc. (JGSNY)