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Sunday, November 17

9:00am EST

Jews, Zionism and Justice in an Age of Ethnocentrism
In light of rising nationalist supremacy and xenophobia, more countries are becoming isolationist. Many Jews wonder how Zionism fits into this new world order. How does one support Jewish nationalism while avoiding the pitfalls of extremism? Lets examine the ways in which Jewish thinkers have approached this question over the past century, and consider its applications for today.

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Alexander Kaye

Alexander Kaye is an Asst. Prof. of Israel Studies at Brandeis Univesity with a Ph.D. in Jewish history from Columbia, B.A., M.Phil. from Cambridge, and ordination from Yeshivat Chovevei Torah Rabbinical School. He studies and publishes on Jewish intellectual, political and legal... Read More →

Sunday November 17, 2019 9:00am - 10:00am EST
U-13 384 Harvard Campus

10:10am EST

2020 Women's Vote Centennial - Why Did It Take 72 Years to Get the Vote?!
2020 is the centennial of the passage of the 19th amendment which finally gave women the right to vote. But the fight for that right began in 1848. This session will look ar the intervening 72 plus years between 1848 and the passage of the amendment and will include an exploration of the efforts of Jewish women in this fight and the relevance of those efforts to today.


Fredie Kay

Fredie Kay, Esq., is the Founder & President, Women's Suffrage Celebration Coalition of MA; Votes for Women National Trail Committee, and National Collaborative of Women's History Sites. Fredie is on the Board of Directors, for the Jewish Community Relations Council; Advisory Committee... Read More →

Sunday November 17, 2019 10:10am - 11:10am EST
G-31 384 Harvard Campus

10:10am EST

The Jews Arrive in Newton
Come and learn about the history of Newton's oldest synagogue, which is now 107 years old. Learn about the founding of our Orthodox congregation and its relationship with the immigrant community in which it flourished, as Irish, French Canadians, Italians and Jews lived side by side and learned to be American in the early years of the 20th century.


Beryl Gilfix

Beri Gilfix, an author, is a granddaughter of the founder of the Adams Street Shul. She has served the congregation as president, secretary and chief fundraiser for over thirty years. Beri is a lifelong resident of Newton.

Sunday November 17, 2019 10:10am - 11:10am EST
G-19 The KI Campus

3:10pm EST

Immigration Stories from Boston's Port
From its beginnings in 1904, the office of the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society (HIAS) in Boston, helped thousands of Jewish immigrants. Although some arrived with very little, they all arrived with a story. Hear some of these stories and learn how archivists are ensuring that these personal histories are not forgotten.

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Stephanie Call

Stephanie Call is the Associate Director of Archives and Education at the Wyner Family Jewish Heritage Center at New England Historic Genealogical Society where she oversees archival collections, educational programming, content, and outreach activities.

Sunday November 17, 2019 3:10pm - 4:10pm EST
M-08b 384 Harvard Campus

4:20pm EST

Sarah Schenirer to Sara Hurwitz: The Evolution of Jewish Women's Education
The first successful movement to provide Jewish girls with a religious education, Bais Yaakov just celebrated 100 years in operation. Learn about Sarah Schenirer - the Hasidic, divorced, thirtysomething who founded Bais Yaakov - and the indelible mark she has made on Jewish women's education, past and present.

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Talia Weisberg

Talia Weisberg is a student at the Beit Midrash Program of Yeshivat Maharat. She wrote her Harvard College honors thesis about the Bais Yaakov movement and the evolution of Orthodox women's formal religious education. Talia also serves on the board of the Orthodox Minyan at Harvard... Read More →

Sunday November 17, 2019 4:20pm - 5:20pm EST
G-25 384 Harvard Campus