Fannie Berlin Fund Brings Jewish Studies Scholar to Lecture at Vassar Temple


(Pictured above: Linda Cantor, Joel Kelson and his daughter, Dr. Corwin Berman, Rabbi Paul Golomb, Debbie Golomb, Jennifer Sachs Dahnert)

Thanks to the generosity of Vassar Temple Sisterhood’s Fanny Berlin Fund, which was established by Dr. Doris Berlin-Acker Z’L to honor the memory of her mother, on May 18th Vassar Temple hosted a lecture by Dr. Lila Corwin Berman. Dr. Corwin spoke to Jewish migration patterns in the USA and how, despite moving away from cities in post WWII, Jews have remained invested in urban life, and have emerged as the consummate urban dwellers. The presentation was titled, “The City and the Jew: Reflections on Leaving & Returning.”

[Recently an Dr. Corwin Berman had an article published in Sh’ma Journal called “The Death and Life of Jewish Neighborhoods.“]

The lecture was well attended by visitors from the community and other temples, as well as Vassar Temple members. Dr. Corwin offered fascinating thoughts and facts regarding Jewish demographic, social, culture, and political patterns. The audience was attentive and engaged and the feedback was all extremely positive. This event was excellent example of the fine adult education programming which Vassar Temple is known for.

Vassar Temple’s adult education programs are free, open to the public, all faiths, and inclusive. If you’d like to know what is coming up you can visit us and see “what’s happening” on our home page. We also encourage you to like us on Facebook. Or call the temple office at 845.454.2570.

Dr. Lila Corwin Berman is Associate Professor of History at Temple University. She holds the Murray Friedman Chair of American Jewish History and directs the Feinstein Center for American Jewish History. Berman received her B.A. from Amherst College and her Ph.D. from Yale. She is author of Speaking of Jews: Rabbis, Intellectuals, and the Creation of an American Public Identity (2009), a finalist for the Jewish Book Council’s Sami Rohr Prize. Dr. Berman is completing a new book titled Jewish Urban Journeys Through an American City and Beyond that has received support from the National Endowment of the Humanities and the Ameri`can Council of Learned Societies. She has also published articles in the Journal of American History, Jewish Social Studies, American Jewish History, Religion and American Culture, the Forward, and Sh’ma.

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