Wandering Jews: Peddlers and the Discovery of New Worlds

Sunday, January 05, 2014
2:00 pm

Berenson Hall
Hebrew College

hasia dinerHow did peddling, an utterly prosaic and familiar occupation of Jews in the Old World, become an engine of opportunity for Jewish resettlement around the world? What was the role of peddlers in Jewish migration and integration in nearly every place in the New World including the United States, the British Isles, North, South and Central America, South Africa, Australia and New Zealand?

We'll explore these questions and more at the Annual Lecture on Jewish Genealogy, sponsored by the Jewish Genealogical Society of Greater Boston, featuring Hasia Diner, the Paul S. and Sylvia Steinberg Professor of American Jewish History at New York University. Diner, a renowned authority on American Jewish history and U.S. immigration history, is the author of many books and articles. Her most recent book, "We Remember with Reverence and Love: American Jews and the Myth of Silence After the Holocaust," won the National Jewish Book Award in the category of American Jewish Studies. She is currently completing a book on global Jewish migrations and the history of Jewish peddling.

The lecture is free and open to the public, but reservations are recommended. Visit jgsgb.org/annuallecture.