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Tevye's Daughters: How East European Jewish Women Confronted Modernity
March 2, 2014

SUNDAY, MARCH 2, 2014 | 1pm-5pm
Co-chairs: Elissa Bemporad, Queens College, CUNY; Glenn Dynner, Sarah Lawrence College

Admission: General - $15 | YIVO and CJH members, seniors and students - $10
Box Office: | 212.868.4444

Sholem Aleichem’s paradigm of Tevye’s rebellious daughters staking out new, secular alternatives to their parents’ traditional culture has had a profound impact on our notions of East European Jewish women’s history. But the effects of modernization were far more complex and varied. Join us for an afternoon of provocative discussions about the resourceful ways Jewish women in East Europe navigated modernity from the late 19th century through the Holocaust. Co-chaired by Elissa Bemporad (Queens College, CUNY) and Glenn Dynner (Sarah Lawrence College).

This symposium is presented by YIVO and the Center for Jewish History.

For more information about the symposium, visit here.


Elissa Bemporad is the Jerry and William Ungar Assistant Professor in Eastern European Jewish History and the Holocaust at Queens College, City University of New York. Her book Becoming Soviet Jews: The Bolshevik Experiment in Minsk (Indiana University Press) was awarded the 2013 National Jewish Book Award, and the Fraenkel Prize in Contemporary History for an outstanding work of 20th century history. She is currently working on a social history of the blood libel accusation in the Soviet Union and Poland.

Glenn Dynner is Professor of Judaic Studies at Sarah Lawrence College and the 2013-14 Senior NEH Scholar at the Center for Jewish History. He is author of "Men of Silk": The Hasidic Conquest of Polish Jewish Society (Oxford University Press), winner of the Koret Publications Prize and finalist for the National Jewish Book Awards. His new book, Yankel's Tavern: Jews, Liquor & Life in the Kingdom of Poland (Oxford University Press), examines the iconic Polish Jewish tavernkeeper in the Kingdom of Poland. He is also editor of Holy Dissent: Jewish and Christian Mystics in Eastern Europe (Wayne State University Press); and co-editor of a forthcoming volume of Polin and of Warsaw, the Jewish Metropolis:
Essays in Honor of the 70th Birthday of Professor Antony Polonsky

Venue: YIVO Institute at the Center for Jewish History  |  15 West 16th Street - NYC   view map

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All public programs are wheelchair accessible. A limited number of assistive listening devices are available for deaf and hard of hearing individuals upon request.