From Shtetl to Ghetto: Jewish Women on the Lower East Side
Community Rm A+B7pm - 8:30pmWednesday May, 23

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Join Professor Leslie Fishbein for an exploration of the lives of Jewish women on the Lower East Side.   
How did life in the shtetls of Eastern Europe prepare Jewish women for life in the New World?  Even though they were two very different worlds, there were some significant similarities.  In the shtetls, Jewish women worked to support their families, spoke the native language as well as Yiddish, were familiar with the marketplace and interacted with gentiles.  This discussion explores how, in America, these women profited from more opportunities but suffered in their personal lives.
 
Leslie Fishbein, Associate Professor of American Studies at Rutgers University, received her BA from Hunter College and a Ph.D. in the History of American Civilization from Harvard.  Author of Rebels in Bohemia, a study of Greenwich Village radicals in the 1910s, Fishbein was a Fullbright Senior Lecturer at the University of Haifa in Israel.  Fishbein teaches courses in American Studies, Jewish Studies, and Women's and Gender Studies.  
 
This program has been made possible in part by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and the New Jersey Council for the Humanities (NJCH). Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this program do not necessarily represent those of the NEH or NJCH.
 
Registration is requested but not required.