Delve Deeper: "Creativity & Resilience: Jewish Life in Eastern Europe 1500-2020"

via Zoom


Instructor: Natan M. Meir, Ph.D., Lorey I. Lokey Professor of Judaic Studies, Portland State University

For many centuries, Eastern Europe was one of the great centers of Jewish civilization. This course explores the society that Jews created in the east European borderlands, a world unto itself but also closely interlinked with the surrounding Slavic and Christian milieu. Drawing on key documents from the world of Polish and Russian Jews, we will examine central phenomena such as

» the shtetl,
» the Hasidic movement,
» the emergence of modern Yiddish and Hebrew literature,
» the rise of modern Jewish political movements such as Zionism and Bundism,
» the creation of Soviet Jewry, and
» the Holocaust in Eastern Europe.

We will also touch on the question of the outcasts of the Jewish community – beggars, disabled people, and others – who are the subject of the instructor’s recent book, Stepchildren of the Shtetl: The Destitute, Disabled, and Mad of Jewish Eastern Europe, 1800-1939.

Delve Deeper is an adult education initiative that brings dynamic teachers to teach in-depth, university level Judaic courses to a diverse group of adult learners.

Delve Deeper programs are presented in cooperation with the Jewish Alliance of Greater Rhode Island and area synagogues, including Congregation Beth Sholom, Temple Beth-El, Temple Emanu-El, Temple Habonim, Temple Sinai and Temple Torat Yisrael.

All classes will be held on Zoom.
Link will be sent to those who register.
Cost: $250 for the semester
Note that partial and full scholarships are available! Please do not let cost be a barrier!

To enroll online, please go to:
You may also enroll by calling the Temple Emanu-El Office: 401.331.1616
For more information, you may contact Morty Miller:
All are welcome to join!

Event Dates
Wednesday from Wednesday, October 6, 2021 through Wednesday, December 8, 2021
Event time
7:30 PM - 9:30 PM
Cost / donation
Morty Miller,