Sam Gruber's Upcoming Talks & Lectures (Fall 2014)
In the next six weeks, beginning Monday, September 29th at the Center for Jewish History in New York, I'll be giving several talks and presentations in different cities on a variety of topics. Here is a run down. I hope readers of this blog in New York, Hartford, Pittsburgh and Austin will be able to attend. In any case, please spread the word. All events except the Southern Jewish Historical Society keynote are free and open to the public, but some require you to RSVP. I'll have lecture dates for the spring posted soon.
The Lost Shul Mural: Reclaiming, Restoring and Preserving a Treasure from the Past
For further on attending contact Hikari Aday firstname.lastname@example.org
The creation of the Venice Ghetto in 1516 was a dramatic development in the distinction between Christians and Jews, following decades of calls by preachers for the removal of Jews from town centers throughout Italy. From the thirteenth century on, many Italian rulers had talked about separating Jews from the population at large, but none until now had carried out the threat. But the Venetian Ghetto was not only about the isolation and control of Jews, but about the separation of Venetians, particularly good Venetians, from any outsider or undesirable group. While extreme, the Ghetto was part of a range of customs, laws and policies to accentuate differences in class, gender, religion, place of origin and legal status. This paper examines these developments as well as the urban and architectural expressions of separation epitomized in the Jewish Ghetto.
Saving Synagogues: Different Goals, Different Strategies in Brenham, Brookhaven, Birmingham and Beyond