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Sylvia Abrams <sylvia.abrams@...>

Learn about NE Ohio Jews And The Civil War at JGS Cleveland

Professor Peter Haas will share his recent research on the role of
Jews >from Northeast Ohio in the Civil War at the Wednesday, May 3rd
meeting of the Jewish Genealogy Society of Cleveland.

During the Civil War, Jews participated in the War as part of the
communities in which they lived and worked, and were similarly
affected by its various aftermaths. Jews were drafted into, or
volunteered for, Ohio infantry units, fought in numerous battles, were
wounded or killed along with their gentile neighbors, and occasionally
even rose to high ranks. In contrast to Europe, the American Civil
War showed that Jews here were facing an unprecedented level of
social, political and economic openness.

Dr. Peter Haas received his B.A. >from the University of Michigan after
which he received ordination as a Reform rabbi >from Hebrew Union
College. He served as an active U.S. Army chaplain for three years,
remaining in the Army National Guard Chaplain Corps for another 19
years. Rabbi Haas earned a Ph.D. in Jewish Studies >from Brown
University. He joined the faculty at Vanderbilt University in 1980,
where he taught courses in Judaism, Jewish ethics, the Holocaust,
Western religion, and the Middle East Conflict. Dr. Haas moved to Case
Western Reserve University in 2000 and was appointed chair of the
Department of Religious Studies in 2003, a post he held until 2015; he
fully retired in the summer of 2016.

He currently volunteers as a docent for the Maltz Museum, as a
chaplain for the pastoral care department of South Pointe Hospital and
as a CASA for Cuyahoga County Juvenile Court. He prepared an article
about the Jews of Northeast Ohio during the Civil War for a
forthcoming publication of the Western Reserve Historical Society.

The Jewish Genealogy Society of Cleveland meets on the first Wednesday
evening of the month starting at 7:30 PM in the Miller Board Room at
Menorah Park, 27100 Cedar Road, Beachwood. Board members are
available at a Help Desk >from 7:00 PM to assist with individual
research questions. Guests are welcome. RSVP to:

Sylvia F. abrams
1st Vice-Preseident - Programming
Jewish Genealogy Society of Cleveland

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