JGSGB Lecture and Meeting: New Lives in a New Land: Migration of Jews from Lithuania to Boston & S. Africa

February 9, 2014 Newton $5.00

Jessica Antoline will speak about the migration of Lithuanian Jews in the 19th and 20th centuries, focusing on their presence in the greater Boston area; Dr. Arthur Rabson will give a supplementary talk on Jewish Migration from Lithuania to South Africa.

Jessica Antoline will briefly recount the story of the migration of Lithuanian Jews in the 19th and 20th centuries and review the circumstances that prompted them to leave the land where they had lived for so many years and travel thousands of miles to new lands. Why did so many settle in Boston and its surrounding communities? What were their motivations, their hopes, and their struggles in di goldene medine as they tried to find affordable neighborhoods in which to live, communities of Jews to settle amongst, and employment?

Jessica Antoline is Program Manager for the historic Vilna Shul, now Boston’s Center for Jewish Culture. She holds degrees in History and Museum Education from Tufts, Religion and Historical Archaeology from BU, and studied eastern European and Jewish history at Univerzita Karlova in Prague. Her career has taken her around the world to research how museums and historic sites facilitate intercultural dialogue and help repair communities after conflict.

Spotlight Talk: Dr. Arthur Rabson will give a supplementary talk on Jewish Migration from Lithuania to South Africa. Dr. Rabson is a member of the Pathology Department at Tufts Medical Center. He was born in Johannesburg, South Africa, the son of 2nd generation immigrants from the Vilna area of what is now Lithuania.

This talk will be preceded at 12:30 by Ask the Experts and Poland SIG meetings.

For more details, visit the Jewish Genealogy Society of Greater Boston at www.jgsgb.org, or contact us at info@jgsgb.org or 866-611-5698.

Admission is free for members, $5 for non-members. Refreshments will be served.

Event Location: Temple Emanuel
385 Ward Street, Newton, MA, Newton, Massachusetts, 02459

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Sunday, February 9, 2014, 1:30 pm - 4:00 pm
Temple Emanuel
385 Ward St
Newton, MA 02459
$5.00 General Admission

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