May 1 – Jews and the Black Death
We will discuss the horrific bubonic plague of the mid 14th century and explanations for the Jews’ relative immunity based on genetics and not the cultural myths attributing this to cleanliness and kashrut.
May 8 – Jews and Slavery
We will start with the biblical context and update the story to America through the 19th century as we learn about Jews as both slave owners and abolitionists.
May 15 – Jews and the American Revolution
We will examine how the presence of Jews and their active participation in the Revolution changed the United States.
May 22 ( rain date)