The Taube Center for Jewish Life & Learning is pleased to invite you to the next session of #TJHTalks. Our eminent guest scholars will focus on the outcasts and disenfranchised members of Jewish communities, particularly in the shtetls, during the 19th and early 20th centuries.
Communal Outcasts in Eastern Europe
Professor Natan Meir
Portland State University
Professor Sylvie Anne Goldberg
School for Advanced Studies in the Social Sciences (EHESS), Paris
Memoirs of Jewish life in Eastern European often recall the “hekdesh,” a Jewish poorhouse-cum-hospital, which took in the most marginalized members of the shtetl: beggars, the disabled, the “mad,” the destitute, and orphans.
Professors Sylvie Anne Goldberg and Natan Meir will base their conversation on Dr. Meir’s most recent book, Stepchildren of the Shtetl: The Destitute, Disabled, and Mad of Jewish Eastern Europe, 1800–1939, which brings to light the lives of those ostracized by the community. Professors Goldberg and Meir will explore the understudied phenomenon of marginalized Jews from historical and cultural perspectives, and discuss various communal institutions and rituals, such as the cholera wedding, that served or “used” those who had been outcast.
Join us on Sunday, May 23, 2021
PDT: 11:00 a.m.
EDT: 2:00 p.m.
UK: 7:00 p.m.
CET: 8:00 p.m.
Israel: 9:00 p.m.
The webinar will include a 45-minute discussion, followed by a 15-minute Q&A, in which you can ask questions submitted before or during the broadcast.
Natan M. Meir is the Lorry I. Lokey Professor of Judaic Studies in the Harold Schnitzer Family Program in Judaic Studies at Portland State University. A scholar of the social and cultural history of East European Jewry, he is the author of Kiev, Jewish Metropolis: A History, 1859–1914 (2010) and Stepchildren of the Shtetl: The Destitute, Disabled, and Mad of Jewish Eastern Europe, 1800–1939 (2020). He also serves as a museum consultant and leads study tours of Eastern Europe.
Sylvie Anne Goldberg is a professor as well as the director of Jewish Studies at the School for Advanced Studies in the Social Sciences (EHESS) in Paris. Her book Clepsydra: Essay on the Plurality of Time in Judaism was published in 2016. Professor Goldberg is the editor of Comment s’écrit l’histoire juive (How is Jewish History Written) and is currently working on a new book by Yosef Hayim Yerushalmi, Transmitting Jewish History: In Conversation with Sylvie Anne Goldberg, to be published by Brandeis University Press later this year.