16 2023

Jews Across the Americas: A New Sourcebook of Historical Diversity

7:00PM - 8:00PM  

VIRTUAL Program Jewish Federation of the Berkshires 196 South St
Pittsfield, MA 01201

Contact Rabbi Daveen Litwin

Via Zoom.  Register HERE.

Jewish Literary Voices: A Jewish Federation of the Berkshires Series in collaboration with Jewish Book Councill

What is your understanding of the American Jewish experience?

Jews Across the Americas is a groundbreaking sourcebook capturing the historical diversity and cultural breadth of American Jews across Latin America, the Caribbean, Canada, and the United States. Featuring primary documents as well as scholarly interpretations, Jews Across the Americas builds upon new developments in Jewish Studies, engaging with transnationalism, race, sexuality, and gender, and highlighting the lived experiences of those often left out of Jewish history.

Join scholars Laura Leibman and Adriana Brodsky in a timely discussion of how their book helps to understand everything from wills and advertisements to sermons, and how to interpret photographs, domestic architecture, and comics. Whether it’s a recipe from Brazil that blends Moroccan and Amazonian foodways, or a text about the first non-binary Jew to cross the Atlantic in the eighteenth century, each entry broadens our understanding of Jewish American history.

Laura Arnold Leibman is Professor of English and Humanities at Reed College. Her numerous books have won four National Jewish Book Awards and a Jordan Schnitzer Book Award. She is the academic director of the multimedia television series American Passages, which won a Hugo Award.

Adriana M. Brodsky is Professor of Latin American and Jewish History at St. Mary's College of Maryland. She is the author of Sephardi, Jewish, Argentine, and co-editor of The New Jewish Argentina. She is currently the co-President of the Latin American Jewish Studies Association.

Purchase the book here and a portion of the proceeds will be donated back to a local independent bookstore.

Sponsor: Jewish Federation of the Berkshires and Jewish Book Council