From Shtetl to Ghetto: Jewish Women on the Lower East Side

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Date(s) - 10/10/2018
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

The Jewish Heritage Museum


The Jewish Heritage Museum of Monmouth County presents a discussion and slideshow by Dr. Leslie Fishbein, entitled From Shtetl to Ghetto: Jewish Women on the Lower East Side, on Wednesday, October 10, 2018 at 2 PM.  Admission is $5 non-members, $3 members, students free.


Dr. Fishbein is an Associate Professor of American Studies at Rutgers-New Brunswick, and an affiliated faculty member of the Jewish Studies and Women’s at Rutgers-New Brunswick.   She is speaking by arrangement with the New Jersey Council of Humanities.


In her talk, From Shetl to Ghetto, Dr. Fishbein will discuss how life in Eastern Europe prepared women for life in the New World.  Even though they seemed to be two different worlds, there were significant similarities. In the European shtetles, Jewish women worked to support their families, spoke the native language as well as Yiddish, were familiar with the marketplace, and interacted with gentiles. This discussion explores how, in America, these women called upon those experiences to survive and succeed, and while they profited from more opportunities in America, they suffered in their personal lives.