The Jacob Rader Marcus Memorial Lecture sponsored by The Jacob Rader Marcus Center of the American Jewish Archives
One of the oldest and largest Jewish communities in the United States today, the Philadelphia Jewish community (which, typical of the American Jewish scene, mostly resides outside of Philadelphia) is complex, dynamic and unclear about its future direction. From its origins in Penn’s Christian Utopia to its role in the Revolution during the early days of America to its remarkable place in the Great American Jewish Awakening of the 1870s to its metamorphosis into “a community of neighborhoods,” Philadelphia has always been at the cutting edge of American Jewish life. Today is no different. Come and learn about why W. C. Fields “would rather be in Philadelphia” and what it feels like to live a Jewish life in a place that devours cheesesteaks and hoagies.
Keter Torah: 1.5 hours