Deborah Dash Moore, Jeffrey S. Gurock, Annie Polland, Howard B. Rock and Daniel Soyer, authors of Jewish New York: The Remarkable Story of a City and a People, talk with Rabbi Peter Rubinstein about the history and influence of Jews in New York.
Jewish immigrants transformed New York — building the clothing industry, constructing apartment buildings and shaping the publishing industry and popular culture in music, theater and the arts. With a strong sense of social justice, a dedication to civil rights and civil liberties, and a belief in the duty of government to provide social welfare for all its citizens, New York Jews influenced the city, state and nation with a new wave of social activism. In turn, New York transformed Judaism and stimulated religious pluralism, Jewish denominationalism and contemporary feminism. Join us for a discussion about these many positive influences, but also on the group’s struggles with poverty and anti-Semitism.
A book signing follows the event.