Conference: “The Practice of Jewish Politics 1492- 1880

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Date(s) - Sunday, October 22, 2017
1:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Tawes Frine Arts, University of Maryland


The Joseph and Rebecca Meyerhoff Center for Jewish Studies presents:

“The Practice of Jewish Politics, 1492-1880”
Sunday/Monday October 22-23, 2017

Sunday 1 – 6 PM in Tawes Fine Arts, Room 1100 and
Monday 9 AM – 5:15 PM in Susquehanna Hall, 9:00 – 5:15 Room 4116

This two-day conference will challenge the common assumption that organized Jewish political activity began only in recent times. In fact, Jews “entered into history” and became active agents of their own collective destiny even before the birth of socialist or nationalist parties. Starting in the early modern period—from the sixteenth though nineteenth centuries—Jews organized to shape their group relations with outside collectivities. In doing so, they also built institutions of self-governance for themselves.

Speakers from Europe, Israel, and the US will address topics ranging from Jewish consuls and court systems to Jews’ engagement in American elections and the political organization of Orthodoxy.

Free and open to the public.

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