American Jewish History Unbound

 
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Dan and Lex recorded a diverse array of conversations with scholars of American Jewish history in 2018, at the Scholars’ Conference of the American Jewish Historical Society. In partnership with the National Museum of American Jewish History, where the conference took place, they explored artifacts from the museum’s exhibition in their historical context, and as springboards into conversations about contemporary Jewish issues. You can find all of these bonus episodes by scrolling down this page. Four have been released thus far, and many more will be released in the coming weeks.


After 11 were murdered at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh, Judaism Unbound released a conversation due to the urgency of the moment. Eli Lederhendler, the Stephen S. Wise Chair in American Jewish History at Hebrew University, joins Dan and Lex for a conversation about antisemitism, nativism, and immigration in the early 20th century.


Adam Mendelsohn, Director of the Kaplan Centre for Jewish Studies at the University of Capetown, joins Judaism Unbound on the ground at the National Museum of American Jewish History. In conversation with Dan Libenson, he looks at Jewish involvement in the Confederacy during the Civil War. This bonus episode is part of a series of bonus episodes, recorded in partnership with the American Jewish Historical Society and the National Museum of American Jewish History.


Deborah Dash Moore, Frederick G.L. Huetwell Professor of History at the University of Michigan, joins Judaism Unbound on the ground at the National Museum of American Jewish History. In conversation with Dan Libenson, she looks at the origins and evolution of the organization B’nai B’rith. This bonus episode is part of a series of bonus episodes, recorded in partnership with the American Jewish Historical Society and the National Museum of American Jewish History.


Beth Wenger, the Moritz and Josephine Berg Professor of History at the University of Pennsylvania, joins Judaism Unbound on the ground at the National Museum of American Jewish History. In conversation with Lex Rofeberg, she looks at a series of famously successful advertisements produced in the mid-late 20th century by Levy’s Jewish Rye. This bonus episode is part of a series of bonus episodes, recorded in partnership with the American Jewish Historical Society and the National Museum of American Jewish History.

We’ve included pictures of the advertisements that Wenger examines below, so that you can look at them as you listen to the interview.

 
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