From Haven to Home: The Jewish People in America
Lecture by Michael Feldberg, Ph.D.

Michael Feldberg, Ph.D.

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

From 1654 to the present, successive waves of Jewish immigrants have come to America seeking a haven from oppression, war and poverty. Protected by the freedoms provided by their new nation, each generation of Jews has made their haven a home. Based on the exhibition From Haven to Home: 350 Years of American Jewish Life (created in 2005 for the American Jewish Historical Society), Michael Feldberg will examine the story of the diverse groups of Jewish immigrants who made the United States their home. Using words and images, he will examine “the intertwined themes—and sometimes conflicting aims—of accommodation, assertion, adaptation and acculturation that have characterized the American Jewish experience from its beginnings.”

Jewish Children wave at the Statute of LIberty as the President Harding steams into New York harbor. United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, courtesy of Anita Willens.

Michael Feldberg, Ph.D., is executive director of the George Washington Institute for Religious Freedom. From 1991 to 2004, he served as executive director of the American Jewish Historical Society, the nation’s oldest ethnic historical organization, and subsequently served as its director of research from 2004 to 2008.

This program is being held in conjunction with our current exhibition in the Storehouse Gallery, An American Odyssey: The Jewish Experience in Greenwich, which will be open to visitors from 6:00 until 6:45 pm before the lecture.

Tuesday, January 16, 2018
Doors open at 6:30 pm; lecture begins at 7:00 pm (45 minutes followed by a 15-minute Q&A)

Vanderbilt Education Center

Members: $10; nonmembers: $15. Light refreshments will be served. Reserve tickets below or call 203-869-6899, Ext. 10.


Members’ Appreciation Breakfast

Toby's Tavern rendering

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Architect David Scott Parker will discuss the fascinating discovery of a home in Port Chester whose architecture is similar to our own Toby’s Tavern, and how examination of this building is informing his restoration of Toby’s.

Thursday, February 15, 2018
9:30 ~ 11:30 am

Vanderbilt Education Center

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