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Professor David N. Myers of UCLA To Speak at B’nai Abraham


Please note: This lecture was rescheduled from March 18 ( canceled due to inclement weather)….it is now on Tuesday, May 28.

Professor David N. Myers of UCLA To Speak at B’nai Abraham

On Tuesday, May 28, 7:30 PM, Temple B’nai Abraham Adult Learning presents the Annual Bloom Memorial Lecture with Professor David N. MyersChair, Department of History, UCLA at the temple. His topic will be  As American as Apple Pie? A Hasidic Shtetl in the Catskills.  Alyce Miller, Steve Delman and Bruce Fein are the-chairs of the TBA Adult Learning committee.

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Kiryas Joel was founded in 1977 by Satmar Hasidim, who make up virtually all its 20,000 residents. The focus of widespread press attention and public criticism, Kiryas Joel challenges long held assumptions about the separation of church and state and the rights and responsibilities of citizens and residents. Prof. Myers' forthcoming book, American Shtetl: The Case of Kiryas Joel, New York,  written with USC law professor Nomi Stolzenberg, is the first in depth study of this unique chapter in both American and Jewish history.

Professor Myers, chair of the Department of History at UCLA, is the leading Jewish historian of his generation.  A specialist in Jewish intellectual history, he has recently focus his efforts on he calls “Applied Jewish Studies,” the use of scientific study of the Jewish past to “inform and illuminate contemporary debates.”

Prof. Myers graduated from Yale University and, after graduate work at Tel Aviv University and Harvard University, received his Ph.D. with highest distinction from Columbia University.  He has been on the faculty of UCLA since 1991.  For a decade he directed UCLA’s Center for Jewish Studies.  In 2011, he became the first specialist in Jewish history to chair one of the top university history departments in North America.

Prof. Myers is the author of numerous books and dozens of scholarly articles, and has held visiting appointments at the University of Pennsylvania, the Russian State University for the Humanities in Moscow, and the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales in Paris.

This lecture, supported by the Bernard and Muriel Bloom Memorial Lecture Fund, is free and open to the public. For information call 973-994-2290 or email Visit the TBA website at

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