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SPICE: The Jewish History of NYC

Past Sessions
Monday, July 26, 2021 17 Av 5781 - 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Monday, July 19, 2021 10 Av 5781 - 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Monday, July 12, 2021 3 Av 5781 - 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Monday, July 5, 2021 25 Tammuz 5781 - 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM

The Jewish History of NYC ($48 temple members/$60 non-members)
Mondays, July 5, 12, 19 and 26 (10:30a.m. - noon)
Course Summary: Arguably the greatest ‘Jewish city’ in history, this four-part series will explore these four aspects of the New York Jewish experience:
1) HISTORY – New York is a ‘great Jewish city’ boasting the most populous urban Jewish community in history. It’s wartime Jewish population made up ¼ of the city’s inhabitants, fostering intensive neighborhood life and creating an urban crucible from which the stereotype of the ‘New York Jew’ came into prominence.
2) CULTURE – Jewish New Yorkers engaged in every aspect of the city’s cultural life (entertainment, media, arts, literature, etc.) Jews played an essential role in American culture of the 20th century from music to movies, comics to fashion, Broadway to tv, and from art to photography. New York was both the setting and the inspiration for an astounding efflorescence of Jewish creativity.
3) COMMUNITY – Jews of New York built an infrastructure that turned it into the undisputed Jewish capital of the world. From the first synagogue in North America to the first Jewish fraternal society to the first international defense agencies and Zionist organizations, New York Jewry has generated an ‘alphabet soup’ of Jewish organizations.
4) RELIGION – New York has been called ‘the Jerusalem of America.’ Most of the key figures in American Jewish religious thought lived in New York, and most movements in American Judaism emanated from the city. Nearly every religious innovation made by American Jews had its impetus in the New York Jewish community.

Facilitator: Dr. David E. Kaufman is a lifelong Jewish educator and a born and bred New Yorker.  He is the author of two books: Shul with a Pool: The ‘Synagogue-Center’ in American Jewish History and Jewhooing the Sixties: American Celebrity and Jewish Identity (Sandy Koufax, Lenny Bruce, Bob Dylan, and Barbra Streisand.) 


Registration: Reservations may be made via email to or by phone to Sherri Bell, SPICE Chair at 410-833-2409. If you are a temple member, payment may be made by requesting to have your account billed. Other accepted methods of payment include credit card, cash paid in person at class or a check made out to HSOSC, with SPICE and the course name in the check memo, mailed to 1 Clifton Court, Pikesville, MD 21208.

Registration Policies:
All SPICE courses must be registered for and paid for in their entirety by the first session. Due to a new MD sales tax regulation, we are now required to charge 6% sales tax on all courses delivered electronically.
All SPICE courses for January-June 2021 will be presented on Zoom.
SPICE fees are per head, not per household, with a 50% off fee for second registrants within the same household.
A minimum of 15 enrollees per class is required. 

Thank you in advance for your ongoing support of our SPICE courses and programs.

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