The Tevye Syndrome—How Religious Were East European Jews?

Date: Nov 10, 2020 - Nov 10, 2020

Time: 8:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

Sponsor: Online Learning

Location: Online

Category: Online Learning

Hidden Histories and Untold Stories

JTS scholars uncover the hidden context around biblical figures and important eras in Jewish history.  

The Tevye Syndrome: How Religious Were East European Jews?

Tuesday, November 10, 8:00-9:00 p.m. ET

Jews in Eastern Europe in the period before the Holocaust are often imagined as having been traditionally observant—bearded pious men, and women with their heads covered. In this class we will explore Eastern European stories of modern, secular trends in Jewish life, and why they have been forgotten in popular memory. 

With Dr. David Fishman, Professor of Jewish History, JTS.


This session is part of ScholarStream, a program offered in partnership with the Rabbinical Assembly and the United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism. ScholarStream gives communities the opportunity to learn from some of the world’s leading scholars and engage deeply with our texts and traditions.

Congregations can co-sponsor this series, offering congregants access to all sessions for free. Learn more on the Rabbinical Assembly website.  

Individuals can register at a cost of $25 for all four sessions. 

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All sessions will be recorded and will be available to registered participants.