Monday, February 28, 2022
Does your family story include information about a name change at Ellis Island? Learn about this endless myth and the realities of traveling in steerage and arriving in the new country. We will discuss first-person experiences of immigrants traveling from Europe to the U.S. in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, and what they encountered when they arrived. Although immigrants arrived in many ports throughout North America, we will focus on Ellis Island, the port where the greatest number of immigrants arrived.
Tuesday, March 1, 2022
We are aware the Jewish presence in Christian Spain ended in 1492 with Expulsion. Less well known: how the far more golden age of Jews in Muslim Spain ended in 12th century, with Islamic reformers who brought to Andalusia, and its Muslim-Jewish convivencia, a purist fundamentalist credo that ended conditions under which Arabic-speaking Jews thrived. What parallels are there today that threaten the golden age of North American Jewry?