Jewish History Book Group

Kolot Jewish History Book Group

Join your fellow Kolotniks in informal monthly reading and discussions. Inspired by our ignorance of Jewish history, we have formed this group to inform ourselves along with whoever wants to join us -- Jewish history definitely teaches that learning happens best in community. We want to understand Jewish history in a nonparochial way, to read our history as one that is both particular and profoundly interwoven with the peoples around us. The group is open to all  on a drop-in basis and welcomes newcomers, and there is no obligation to participate from one month to the next. All we ask is that you come having read the assigned reading. For more information about the group, contact Josh Rubin at or 917-494-2929.

Please stay tuned as the book group tries to navigate a busy Spring calendar and set a date for our next meeting.  We hope to have one shortly.  In the meantime, we know what we are reading and discussing next.  For our next meeting, we will discuss the first six chapters of Reassessing Jewish Life in Medieval Europe by Robert Chazan. The book focuses on 11th to 15th centuries and argues that things were not as bad for Jews in Northern Europe in this period as they became starting with the 16th century. We hope you will join us. 

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