REDISCOVERING OUR RADICAL ROOTS – Part 3, Jan. 31

REDISCOVERING OUR RADICAL ROOTS – Part 3 
Discussion Series with Hershl Hartman
Sunday, Jan. 31 @ 2-3:30pm

Co-sponsors:
The Workers Circle and The Sholem Community

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Questions: regan@sholem.org


The most significant concepts, movements and events in modern Jewish history arose from the radical idea that Jews are not basically a faith community but, variously, a nation, a national minority or an ethnic group. Radical paths to the fulfillment of that idea resonate to this day. We’ll trace those paths and, perhaps, stumble across ourselves. Subjects we’ll explore:Looking for roots ’way back…Hasidism — a radical movement? Haskala (Enlightenment): Ideologues in beards and revolutionaries in skirts…Love songs as radical anthems…Novels and stories as instruments of ideology. Battles within the shtetl.

1897, the year of heresy when everything changed: Zionism and Bundism and how both were victorious…“cultural autonomy” and “hereness”…the vision of Socialist Zionism.

The profound Secularism of Tevye’s creator…“Jewish” labor unions, culture and the social/political heritage of Jewish Americans…Radical Jews in the first battles of World War II…Resistance during the Holocaust—our almost-forgotten but enduring legacy.

How intense ideologies built Secular Jewish movements in North America—and how they almost destroyed them. The continuing culture war: Yiddish vs. Hebrew vs. Israeli. Radical and generational differences in today’s Jewish American community. The most significant concepts, movements and events in modern Jewish history arose from the radical idea that Jews are not basically a faith community but, variously, a nation, a national minority or an ethnic group. Radical paths to the fulfillment of that idea still resonate to this day. We’ll trace those paths and, perhaps, stumble across ourselves.
The Jewish American experience: How world events led to the first Jewish settlement on these shores — and its radical heritage. The American revolution and history’s very first voluntary Jewish exile. A radical anti-slavery rabbi is driven out of Baltimore by Jewish big shots. Reasons for the huge immigration wave: social or economic or both? Yiddish-speaking immigrants bring radicalism along with their Jewishness.
This AP dispatch can provide background for the first part of our discussion on Jan. 31:
Pandemic meets 500th anniversary of Magellan’s first global voyage – Los Angeles Times
(Note to all participants: If you haven’t yet done so, you’re urged to learn about radical Jewish poets in the struggle for Black rights in the lecture by Prof. Amelia Glaser on “Songs in Dark Times: Yiddish Poetry From Scottsboro to Palestine.”  https://youtu.be/CPo_oOY3J7A)
Hershl Hartman, Sholem’s Education Director, is a scholar of Jewish history, traditions and culture, and a renowned Yiddish translator. He is the Convenor of the L.A. Secular Yeshiva which has, to-date, trained 10 vegvayzer/madrikhot(im)/leaders as officiants at holiday observances and life-cycle events. His publications include many booklets on Jewish holidays and texts for their secular observance.
This free online series is co-sponsored by the SoCal Arbeter Ring/Workers Circle.
REDISCOVERING OUR RADICAL ROOTS – Part 3
Discussion Series with Hershl Hartman
Sunday, Jan 31 @ 2pm-3:30pm (PT)
CLICK HERE for Zoom link
Questions: 
rana@sholem.org

Hershl Hartman, Sholem’s Education Director, is a scholar of Jewish history, traditions and culture, and a renowned Yiddish translator. He is the Convenor of the L.A. Secular Yeshiva which has, to-date, trained 10 vegvayzer/madrikhot(im)/Leaders as officiants at holiday observances and life-cycle events. His publications include many booklets on Jewish holidays and texts for their secular observance.