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Lecture to explore the lives of Jewish Women in early New York and Newport

June 2 @ 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm

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Professor Laura Arnold Leibman is guest speaker for the third presentation in Touro Synagogue Foundation’s 2022 Judah Touro Program Series, Thursday, June 2 at 7:30 pm via Zoom.

Dr. Liebman will give a talk titled “The Art of the Jewish Family: Jewish Women in Early New York and Newport Through Objects of Everyday Life.“

Leibman’s presentation will shed light on the lives of Jewish women in the early American Jewish communities of New York and Newport. As women are almost completely absent from the written record of the time, to tell their stories, Leibman uses some of the only surviving evidence available: objects of art and of everyday life.

Laura Arnold Leibman is Professor of English and Humanities at Reed College, Portland, Oregon. Her work focuses on how material culture enriches our understanding of the role of women, children, and Jews of color in the early Atlantic World. Leibman is the author of The Art of the Jewish Family: A History of Women in Early New York in Five Objects (Bard Graduate Center, 2020) which won three National Jewish Book Awards

Among her many honors, Professor Leibman has been a Fulbright scholar and a visiting fellow at the Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies at University of Oxford. She has served as the chair of the Digital Media Committee for the Association for Jewish Studies (AJS), and the academic director of the award-winning, multimedia public television series, American Passages: A Literary Survey (2003).

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There is no fee, but reservations are required to receive the Zoom login information.

TO RESERVE: please visit the “Programs & Events” page on the Touro Synagogue website, tourosynagogue.org, or use this link: https://tinyurl.com/yh44794k

For more information or assistance with registration, please contact Meryle Cawley at (401) 847-4794, extension 207 or meryle@tourosynagogue.org

Through the Judah Touro Series of lectures and other events, and in collaboration with other groups and communities across the country, Touro Synagogue Foundation seeks to connect the history of the synagogue to important themes of American History. The Foundation also seeks to develop an increasingly more relevant and sophisticated voice for that history and bring it to as wide and as diverse an audience as possible.

Originally known as “The Society of Friends of Touro Synagogue,” the Touro Synagogue Foundation was established in 1948 following the designation of Touro Synagogue, America’s oldest synagogue, as a National Historic Site. The Touro Synagogue Foundation is a 501(c) 3 not-for-profit, nonsectarian organization dedicated to promoting and teaching religious diversity, colonial Jewish history, and the history of Touro Synagogue. The Foundation provides public access to the historic site, award-winning history tours, lectures, and educational programs for adults and youth. The Touro Synagogue Foundation operates public programs in partnership with the George Washington Institute for Religious Freedom, the National Park Service, and the National Trust for Historic Preservation. To learn more, please visit tourosynagogue.org.

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June 2
7:30 pm - 8:30 pm
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Touro Synagogue Foundation
(401) 847-4794 ext. 207


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