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The Very Jewish History of the Lower East Side



Dr. Sharon Keller, Hofstra University

Sunday, February 25th, 9:30 AM at TBS


Please join the TBS Adult Learning Committee as native New Yorker, Dr. Sharon Keller takes us into a century of Jewish life in New York. In 1654, a small group of Portuguese Jews landed in what was then The New Netherlands, and they settled an area that was to become the Lower East Side. Some 250 years later, the Lower East Side was arguably the most densely populated area in the world; jam-packed with immigrants, mostly Jewish, from Eastern Europe. Join us as we look at more than 100 years of life on the Lower East Side. We will discuss what brought the immigrants to this small area of New York City, how they lived, the food they ate, the arts and culture they created, and also the ways that people used to escape from the filth, the noise, the heat, the crowds and just everyday life.


Dr. Sharon Keller earned her doctorate at NYU in the Department of Hebrew and Judaic Studies in the area of Bible and the Ancient Near East. Sharon is currently on the Classics faculty at Hofstra University where she teaches courses as diverse as “Women in The Hebrew Bible,” “Magic, Miracle, and Medicine in the Ancient World,” and “Greco-Roman Comedy.” She has been an Assistant Professor of Bible and Ancient Semitic Languages at The Jewish Theological Seminary and at Hebrew Union College; she has also held appointments at NYU, and New York City’s Hunter College. Dr. Keller’s most popular book, Jews: A Treasury of Art and Literature was awarded the prestigious National Jewish Book Award.


A New York-style bagel and lox breakfast will be served.

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