This talk will tell the story about how the relatively short involvement of America in World War I -- from April 1917 until November 1918 -- left its mark on the Jews of the United States. It will tell how it changed their place in world Jewry, created new bonds among American Jews across previously insurmountable boundaries, and with other Americans, non-Jews. The talk with tell of immigrants and native-born American Jews, clergy and soldiers, and the leaders of the well-established defense organizations like the American Jewish Committee and the landsmanshaftn, the home town societies made up of immigrants from hundreds of towns and cities in eastern Europe.
Speaker: Hasia Diner is the Paul S.and Sylvia Steinberg Professor of American Jewish History at New York University, with a joint appointment in the departments of history and the Skirball Department of Hebrew and Judaic Studies. She is also the Director of the Goldstein-Goren Center for American Jewish History. Professor Diner has been elected to membership to two scholarly societies, The Society of American Historians and the American Academy for Jewish Research.
Everyone is eligible for the drawing of fantastic genealogical prizes for those who renew their JGSCV membership or join for 2018. You must be present to win! Light refreshments will be served celebrating Chanukah and our membership drive.