Upcoming Events

February 22, 2015

How Jews Entered American Politics: The Curious Case of Maryland’s “Jew Bill”

 

Sunday, February 22nd, 1 p.m.

 

Rafael Medoff, The David Wyman Institute for Holocaust Studies

 

 

During Maryland’s first decades, a “Christians Only” policy applied to those seeking public office. Dr. Rafael Medoff, a noted scholar of Jewish involvement in American politics, will take a candid look at the Maryland legislature’s debates in the early 1800s over political rights for Jews and other non-Christians –a controversy that sheds fascinating light on the process by which Jews entered the American political arena.

 

 

Dr. Rafael Medoff is the author of 15 books about American Jewish history, Zionism, and the Holocaust, including a textbook, Jewish Americans and Political Participation, which was named an “Outstanding Academic Title of 2003” by the American Library Association’s Choice Magazine. Dr. Medoff has taught Jewish history at Ohio State University, Purchase College of the State University of New York, and elsewhere, and has served as associate editor of the scholarly journal American Jewish History.


Start: February 22, 2015 1:00 pm
End: February 22, 2015 2:30 pm
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April 19, 2015

A 19th-Century American Jew Visits the Holy Land: Mendes Cohen in Jerusalem

 

Speaker Deborah Weiner

 

Sunday, April 19th, 1:00 P.M.

 

Included with Museum Admission

 

 

Travel to the Holy Land with Mendes Cohen, early 19th century adventurer and proud citizen of the young American republic. Cohen’s account of his Middle Eastern journey, entertainingly recorded in his letters home, paints a fascinating portrait of the Jewish community of Palestine and offers a remarkable glimpse into one man’s evolving American Jewish identity.

 

 

debDeborah R. Weiner is former Research Historian and Family History Coordinator at the Jewish Museum of Maryland. She is currently co-writing a book on the history of the Jews of Baltimore.


Start: April 19, 2015 1:00 pm
End: April 19, 2015 2:30 pm