Naamani Memorial Lecture by Prof. Lee Shai Weissbach

When Apr 09, 2013
from 07:30 PM to 09:00 PM
Where Chao Auditorium, Ekstrom Library
Contact Name
Contact Phone 852-3310
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"The Jewish History of Small-Town America"

By Professor Lee Shai Weissbach

Professor Weissbach's lecture will explore the history of Jewish life in small-town America, focusing on the heyday of small-town Jewish life in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.

The talk will describe how the smaller Jewish communities of the United States came into being and consider some of the characteristics that made them very different from the Jewish communities of America’s large and midsize cities.  By the 1920s, there were some five hundred smaller cities and towns in the United States with Jewish populations of at least 100 but fewer than 1,000, and the history of these smaller Jewish centers must be taken into account if we are to understand the richness and complexity of the American Jewish experience and appreciate the diversity of small-town society in times past.

This lecture includes a slide presentation focusing on the ways in which visual images related to small-town Jewish life can help enrich our understanding of the Jewish experience in smaller communities.

About the Naamani Memorial Lecture

The Naamani Memorial Lecture Series is supported by donations to the Naamani Memorial Lecture Fund. The series was established in 1979 to honor the memory of Professor Israel T. Naamani, long a beloved member of both the university community and the Louisville Jewish community.

Dr. Naamani first came to Louisville in 1948 to head the city's Bureau of Jewish Education, and he remained a key figure in local educational efforts throughout his life. He also taught in the Department of Political Science at the University of Louisville for many years.

Ten years of Dr. Naamani's early life were spent in Palestine, and he was recognized as an expert on Middle East politics and particularly on Israel, having published widely on these subjects. His interests also included Hebrew language, Jewish studies in general and Islamic culture.

The Naamani Memorial Lecture is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served following the talk. Pay parking for the lecture will be available in the Speed Museum parking garage.