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Explore Your Roots: The Shtetl: Myth and Reality

The Jewish Genealogical Society of Colorado (JGSCO) is hosting its monthly program this Sunday, February 12th, from 10:00 am to noon at the JCC in Denver (350 South Dahlia Street), with our guest speaker Julie Lieber.

Do you know the shtetl where your ancestors originated? Do you know what shtetl life was like? We will explore some of our ideas about the shtetl, where those ideas come from, and to what degree they represent the reality of shtetl life.

Julie Lieber is a lecturer on Jewish Intellectual History at the University of Colorado. She comes to CU from the University of Denver where she taught courses in Jewish history, European history, Jewish intellectual history and women’s history. Her students describe her as “passionate, extremely knowledgeable and personable.” Professor Lieber received her PhD from the University of Pennsylvania in European history with a focus on Jewish women, gender and sexuality in Vienna at the turn of the 20th century. Her research on Jewish women in Vienna has been supported by numerous awards and fellowships in a variety of academic disciplines. Her article “Crafting the Future of Judaism: Gender and Religious Education in Vienna 1867-1914,” published in the Leo Baeck Institute Yearbook, examines the gendered religious education of Viennese boys and girls and the ways in which rabbinic gender norms were institutionalized within the turn-of-the-century Viennese Jewish community.

The session is open to all – membership is not required. Following this session (beginning at noon) will be a Jewish genealogy mentoring workshop for members and if you’re not already a member you’re welcome to join at the session. We’ll have some of our experts in attendance to help guide you and provide advice on your research. For more information, please go to our website at www.jgsco.org.

Please join us for what is sure to be a fascinating discussion!

For any questions, please feel free to contact Barry Halpern at barry.halpern@gmail.com.

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