Jewish Genealogical Society (NY) Meeting February 18 #general

Harriet Mayer

Jewish Genealogical Society Meeting
Sunday, February 18 at 2 PM
at the Center for Jewish History, 15 West 16th St. New York NY

Program: "What You Can Learn >from Bubbe's Photos: Or, Jewish Clothing as
Cultural History"
Speaker: Professor Eric Silverman

What could be more mundane than clothing? Yet Old Jewish garments can
illustrate the complex social worlds in which Jews have always lived. For most
of Jewish history, clothing represented a tension between dressing Jewish and
dressing like everybody else. Clothing communicated messages about different
ways one could be Jewish in particular eras. This was especially true in the
late 19th and early 20th centuries, precisely when the ancestors of most
American Jews migrated to the United States. This talk, lavishly illustrated
with images, shows how we can read the clothing in old Jewish photos for clues
about the wider historical processes that shaped Jewish lives, aspirations, and

Eric Silverman is Research Professor of Anthropology at Wheelock College,
Boston, and a Scholar at the Women's Studies Research Center at Brandeis
University. He studies the American Jewish experience, and also other cultures
worldwide, especially in Papua New Guinea. He has published widely and written
four books, including two connected to Jewish History: ">from Abraham to America:
A History of Jewish Circumcision" and "A Cultural History of Jewish Dress."

Free for members of JGS; guests welcome, $5 at the door.

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Submitted by
Harriet Mayer
JGS NY VP Communications
New York NY

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