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The Lost World of African-American Cantors: 1920-1953

Click here to register for this event. While the history of Black-Jewish cultural interaction generally focuses on how Jews adopted and adapted Black music—ragtime, jazz, swing, R&B and blues, etc.—as performers, promoters, managers, and record company executives, what has not been explored were the Blacks who performed Yiddish and cantorial…...

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Songs in Dark Times: Yiddish Poetry of Struggle from Scottsboro to Palestine

Click here to register for this event. Click here to pre-order a copy of Songs in Dark Times from Afikomen Judaica. Between the world wars, a generation of Jewish leftist poets reached out to other embattled peoples of the earth—Palestinian Arabs, African Americans, Spanish Republicans—in Yiddish verse. Songs in Dark…...

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The Memory of al-Andalus After 1492

Click here to register for this event. How do different communities remember their past? The Iberian Peninsula under Islamic rule, also known as al-Andalus, has remained in the Jewish and Muslim imaginations long after its collapse in 1492. Sabahat Adil will share examples of how al-Andalus has been memorialized by…...

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The Great Kosher Meat War of 1902: Immigrant Housewives and the Riots That Shook New York City

Click here to register for this event. Click here to pre-order a copy of The Great Kosher Meat War of 1902 from Afikomen Judaica. In response to a precipitous rise in the price of kosher meat, thousands of immigrant Jewish women took to the streets of Manhattan’s Lower East Side in 1902,…...

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American Jews and the Civil Rights Movement

This program is presented by the SFSU Department of Jewish Studies as part of the Fall 2020 Lectures in Jewish Studies and co-sponsored by the Jewish Community Library. Click here to register (a free Zoom account is required). This presentation will explore a new understanding of American Jewish participation in…...

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