From Vilna to Suburbia: Searching for a New/Old Identity

Adath Jeshurun Congregation and Beth Jacob Congregation Present:

From Vilna to Suburbia: Searching for a New/Old Identity

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Chaim Grade and Philip Roth were among the American Jewish community’s most illustrious 20th century authors. Two of their more famous works, Grade’s My Quarrel with Hersch Rasseyner (1948) and Roth’s Eli The Fanatic (1959) intersect each other in intriguing and informative ways. Join Professor Earl Schwartz and Rabbi Barry Cytron for a five-part exploration of these stories and their meanings for 21st century Jewish American life. (material and log-in info will be emailed to all registrants).

Wednesday, April 14

The World Was Ours: Introducing the world of Eastern Europe

7-7:30 p.m. on Zoom (Note: this is a short follow up to the film)

Click here to watch the film:

Note: Please make sure to watch the film before this session.

Wednesday, April 21

Grade’s My Quarrel with Hersch Rasseyner (new translation by Ruth Wisse)

7-8:30 p.m. on Zoom

Wednesday, April 28

Livestream of the movie, The Quarrel (90 minutes), starring R.H. Thomson and Saul Rubinek

7-8:30 p.m. via Adath live stream

NOTE: There is no Zoom program this evening as there is only the live stream of the film on Adath’s website. The film will only be available to watch at 7 p.m. central time on Wednesday, April 28.

Wednesday, May 5

Comparing the Versions: Story and Film

7-8:30 p.m. on Zoom

Wednesday, May 12

Roth’s Eli the Fanatic and its echoes from Grade’s tale

7-8:30 p.m. on Zoom

NOTE: You only need to register once for the entire series. You will receive an email confirmation of your registration. That email contains the link you will use for each date of the series. Make sure to keep that email.


12th May 2021
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
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