A new exclusive learning experience for Museum members, this three part course will feature classes by acclaimed scholars and Museum professionals, object talks in the Museum’s galleries and lunch.
$36 per class or $85 for all three (Use code BUNDLE18 at checkout to receive the discount.)
Discovering In Confidence
Monday, October 15 | 11AM – 1 PM
From secret diaries and drawings produced during the Holocaust to virtual reality testimony, In Confidence presents opportunities to consider Holocaust history through the personal expressions of those who lived it. Explore this new Museum installation in a gallery talk with installation curator Miriam R. Haier and take a deeper dive into the stories behind rarely seen Museum artifacts. Correspondence, personal possessions, photographs, artworks, journals, testimonies—history has confided these to us. Through each we can listen, reflect, and respond. (Stay for the lunchtime portion of the session to share your own responses to the installation.)
Growing Up Jewish In Eastern Europe Before the Holocaust
Tuesday, October 23 | 11 AM- 1 PM
How did cultural assimilation and secularization shape the relationships between Jewish youth, Jewish communal institutions, and with older generations? Did young Jews who spoke national languages and who were educated in state schools represent a break from traditional East European Jewish identity? How did antisemitism and anti-Jewish violence affect their ideological choices, their intellectual interests, and their personal trajectories? Professor Natalia Aleksiun of Touro College explores these key questions about the complex experiences of Jewish men and women who came of age in Eastern Europe before the Holocaust.
Atonement and History: On the Sins of the Past and the Promise of the Future
Tuesday, October 30 | 11 AM -1 PM
Can ideas about atonement, so central to Jewish ritual and thought, help us think about – and hopefully redress – historic wrongs? Suzanne Schneider, Deputy Director at the Brooklyn Institute for Social Research, explores the tools and concepts within the Jewish textual tradition that might help us formulate a response to this critical social and political need, placing them in conversation with more contemporary thinkers including Primo Levi and Walter Benjamin.
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