2 2022

2022 Colonie Jewish Community Association Annual Lecture Webinar

7:00PM - 9:00PM  

Virtual Event

Contact Federica Francesconi
(518) 442-3078

This lecture will tell the story of a long-overlooked Ottoman Jewish community in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Drawing extensively on a rich body of previously untapped Ladino archival material, the lecture will also offer a new read on Jewish modernity. Across Europe, Jews were often confronted with the notion that their religious and cultural distinctiveness was somehow incompatible with the modern age. Yet the view from Ottoman Izmir invites a different approach: what happens when Jewish difference is totally unremarkable? What happens when there is no “Jewish Question?” Through the voices of beggars on the street and mercantile elites, shoe-shiners and newspaper editors, rabbis and housewives, this lecture will underscore how it was new attitudes to poverty and social class, not Judaism, that most significantly framed this Sephardi community's encounter with the modern age.

Wednesday, March 2 nd at 7 PM via Zoom: | Passcode: 520339 

Sponsor: UAlbany Judaic Studies Program & Department of History & Colonie Jewish Community Association.