Resilience in the Face of the Crusades

Date: May 17, 2022

Time: 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Sponsor: Public Lectures and Events

Location: Online

Category: Livestream

Part of ScholarStream, a partnership of the Conservative Movement

Tuesday, May 17, 8:00-9:00 p.m. ET

When the crusaders marched across the Rhine in the 11th century and decimated the region’s ancient and prosperous Jewish communities, there was little the Jews could do to resist. Some were forcibly baptized, some were killed, some committed suicide, some fled. Reflecting on the devastation, the survivors asked themselves why their generation had been chosen for such suffering, what it meant, and perhaps why they should even remain Jews. Their turmoil is recorded in chronicles and poems that deal with the emotional and intellectual upheaval of the times. The Hebrew Crusade literature that we will study is thus a monument of Jewish resilience in the face of disaster.

With Dr. Raymond Scheindlin, Professor Emeritus of Medieval Hebrew Literature, JTS

This session is the third in a series of four lectures on The Liturgy of Resilience.

Individuals can sign up at a cost of $25 for the series, or for free with a code from a sponsoring congregation. 


From October through May this year, JTS is partnering with other Conservative Movement seminaries and institutions to offer eight lecture series featuring outstanding scholars and teachers from across the movement. Synagogues are invited to become ScholarStream co-sponsors so that their members may enjoy all of the lectures at no charge.