22 2024

Wilderness: The Jewish Roots of North America’s Most Famous Footpath

10:45AM - 12:00PM  

This Federation event takes place at Knesset Israel 16 Colt Road
Pittsfield, MA 01201

Contact Rabbi Daveen Litwin

The John Muir Trail runs 212 miles along the crest of California's High Sierra, from Yosemite to Mt. Whitney. Did you know that its creator was the direct descendant of the only Jewish clergyman in attendance at George Washington's inauguration in 1789? Learn the story of Theodore Seixas Solomons' 1890s explorations of the Sierra, as well as of his tireless (and largely unrecognized) contributions to the creation of the nation's most scenic high-elevation footpath.

Join Fitchburg State Professor Michael Hoberman for a discussion of how one Jewish man’s role in the shaping of the nation’s best-loved and most spectacular long-distance trail reminds us of the close, if often disregarded, bonds that Jews have formed with the North American landscape

This free program is part of the Federation’s Connecting with Community Series and will be followed by a kosher hot lunch. Lunch is a $3 suggested donation for adults over 60 years of age or $7 for all others. Advance reservations are required for lunch and can be made by calling (413) 442-2200 before 9 a.m. on the day of the program.