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'Jews in Smaller Urban Places' Topic of Next Jewish Studies Lecture Series

The third lecture in the series, “Jews in Urban Environments,” will be given Wednesday, Nov. 9 at 7:30 p.m. in the Cardinal Lounge, Angell College Center.

Dr. Lee Shai Weissbach, professor emeritus of history at the University of Louisville, will discuss “Jews in Smaller Urban Places: The History of America’s Small-Town Jewish Communities.” Weissbach will also present “Synagogues in the Urban Environment: What these Buildings Tell Us,” Thursday, Nov. 10 at 7:30 p.m. at the Museum of Jewish Montreal, 4040 St. Laurent Blvd., Montreal. 

Weissbach, a specialist in social history, has written and lectured with special emphasis on the Jewish experience in the 19th and early 20th centuries. His interests include American synagogue architecture, Jewish migration patterns, and the history of smaller Jewish communities. His publications include “The Synagogues of Kentucky: Architecture and History and Building Identities;” “Detroit Synagogues and the Patterns of American Jewish Life;” “A Jewish Life on Three Continents,” and his best-known work, “Jewish Life in Small-Town America: A History.”

“Jews in Urban Environments” is supported by a grant from the American Academy for Jewish Research Special Initiatives Fund. The lecture series is a project of the Jewish Studies Program at SUNY Plattsburgh in association with the Institute for Canadian Jewish Studies at Concordia University and the Microprogamme en etudes juives at the Universite de Montreal.

For more information, contact Dr. Jonathan Slater, director of the SUNY Plattsburgh Jewish Studies Program, 518-564-2284 or [email protected]

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