Upcoming Lecture: Mosse/Weinstein Center for Jewish Studies Presents Jeffrey Gurock

Jeffrey Gurock has authored and edited fourteen books. His A Modern Heretic and a Traditional Community: Mordecai M. Kaplan, Orthodoxy and American Judaism (Columbia, 1997) was awarded the bi-annual Saul Viener Prize from the American Jewish Historical Society for the best book in that field. Gurock served from 1982-2002 as associate editor of American Jewish History. He is chair of the Academic Council of the American Jewish Historical Society. Gurock’s latest book, Orthodox Jews in America, was published in 2009 by Indiana University Press.

Monday, March 8th, 2010 : 4 pm at the Pyle Center (702 Langdon)

“America’s Unorthodox Orthodox Jews” : Based on Gurock’s latest book, Orthodox Jews in America, this talk identifies and examines the multiple forms of religious behavior among those who have identified with Orthodox Judaism in America from the time of their settlement to the present day.

Tuesday, March 9th, 2010: 4 pm at the Pyle Center (702 Langdon)

“The Depth of Jewish Ethnic Identity in Inter-War New York” : Based on Gurock’s new work in progress on the history of the Jews of New York from 1925 to present, this talk looks at the tensions in inter-war Jewish neighborhoods between the majority with identities rooted in mundane friendly, associations and a distinct minority seeking to lead others to harbor strong ideological commitments.