Date: Monday, May 22, 2017
Time: 12:00 amLocation:
Temple Rodef Shalom
2100 Westmoreland Street
Falls Church, VA
Contact: Sheila Budoff
The "Queen" of All Migrations: Jewish Immigration in the Early 20th Century
Mondays, May 22, June 5–12 (3 weeks)
(no program May 29, Memorial Day)
Instructor: Lauren B. Strauss, Ph.D., Scholar in Residence, Department of History, American University
This three-part course will cover the most sweeping migration in Jewish history, whose implications for world Jewry rival that of the original exile of the Jews to ancient Babylonia. From the last quarter of the 19th century through the early 1920s, European Jewry moved westward on an unprecedented scale. We will examine the major reasons for the flight of East European Jews from the Pale of Settlement, the trials and tribulations of the journey west, the impact of increasingly restrictive immigration policies — especially in the United States — and the international response to the Jewish immigration crisis of the 1930s and 40s. One of the most fascinating and little-known details of this story — the warm reception of WWII-era Jews by the British ocean liner the Queen Mary — even has a surprising tie to today's Northern Virginia Jewish community.
Fee: $54/ $45 J members and Temple Rodef Shalom members*
*Temple Rodef Shalom members, please enter promo code TRSMEM1 on the cart payment screen for online registration.