Most Jews in the United States are descendants of people whose origins were in the Pale of Settlement of the Russian Empire and, before that, the vast area of Poland-Lithuania. Who were these people and what were their lives like? What is the cultural, religious and sociological heritage that todays American Jews have received from them? This series of lectures will investigate some of the key attributes and developments within the Jewish communities of the Pale, beginning in the late 18th century and continuing throughout the 19th century. Included in the course will be a study of the major trends in Jewish religious, cultural and political life: the founding and development of Hasidism, the spread of the Haskalah (Jewish Enlightenment), the birth of modern Yiddish literature and its origins.
- The Jews of Poland-Lithuania Where did they come from and why did they come to Poland?
- The Shtetl What was life like for Jews living in the Pale of Settlement in 19th century Russia?
- Movements that Developed Among Jews of the Russian Empire Hasidism and the Haskalah. Other developments.
- The Birth and Flourishing of Yiddish Literature in the 19th Century Education for Jewish boys and girls in the Pale. The origins of Yiddish literature. The world of Sholem Aleichem and his contemporaries.
|Course # W4M4 Four Weeks|
| ||Place:||Lifelong Learning Complex, Jupiter Campus|
| ||Dates:||Mondays Jan. 27; Feb. 3, 17, 24; NO CLASS ON FEB. 10|
| ||Time:||1:30 p.m. 3:00 p.m.|
| ||Fee:||$34 / member; $54 / non-member|