THE IMMIGRANT SAGA: A Memoir of the Lower East Side & Early Jewish American Writers
The Lower East Side was (and is) a magical place teeming with people. What did the Jewish immigrants do for a living? What was religious and cultural life like? What did they eat, read, see for entertainment, and what games did the children play in an area that had a population density as great as Calcutta.
How and why did many Jewish writers come to write in English rather than in Yiddish, their mother tongue? These writers, such as Abraham Cahan, Anzia Yezierska, Marya Zaturenska, Michael Gold, and Henry Roth broke new ground and made the way for the next generation.
Our presenter is Sanford Sternlicht, Emeritus Professor of English at Syracuse University. This talk is made possible with the support of the New York Council for the Humanities.
The cultural program and pot-luck dessert follow Shabbat services. Childcare provided for children 11 and younger.
All are welcome at this free event.