DATE AND TIME
Mar 23, 2023 | 12:00 pm -
Mar 23, 2023 | 1:00 pm
Nomi M. Stolzenberg and David N. Myers have written a heavily researched, readable, and exceedingly interesting history of Kiryas Joel, the Satmar Hasidic community established in 1977 within the boundaries of upstate Monroe, New York. It was named for Joel Teitelbaum, its beloved leader, who sought to establish a community of true believers who would live, study, pray, and procreate in a Torah-true environment bereft of modern temptations. KJ has grown from a few hundred residents to nearly twenty-five thousand today, and town authorities anticipate its population will increase to nearly seventy-five thousand by 2035. Although not the first, KJ is unquestionably the most significant Jewish utopian community in America, and it is, as the title of this book implies, not merely a shtetl but an American shtetl, and its history is “an especially fascinating manifestation of American identity politics.”
This event will be held virtually via Zoom and is part of our Cultural Arts Speaker Series. Cost is $8 members and $10 non-members.
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