The Golden Dream: a Jewish Immigration Symposium, Dec. 8 at Adat Shalom Synagogue

October 22, 2013 | Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Detroit

» Registration is now open!

Capitalizing on the opportunity for a preview of the Red Star Line Museum soon to open in Antwerp, Belgium, the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Detroit will bring historian and curator of the museum, Bram Beelaert, to headline a Symposium on Jewish Immigration on Sunday afternoon, 12:45 to 5:00 pm  December 8, 2013 at Adat Shalom Synagogue.

Historians believe that well over thirty million Americans today are descendants of those who came to America on the Red Star Line – the Belgian-American shipping company, which brought over two million European emigrants from Antwerp to the U.S. between 1873 and 1934. During that time, one in four were of Jewish descent (including Irving Berlin and Albert Einstein).

The Golden Dream: The Jewish Journey from Europe to America will also highlight Jewish immigration from the local perspective, through a workshop with Rabbi Mark Robbins of B’nai Israel Synagogue, and presentations by Professor Howard Lupovitch, Director of the Cohn-Haddow Center for Judaic Studies at Wayne State University and Jan Durecki, Archivist at Temple Beth El.

Workshop

12:45-2:15 pm:  What Will You Leave Them?  Preserving Your Stories, Your Legacy, Their Future Join Rabbi Mark Robbins from B’nai Israel Synagogue and founder of jewishlifestory.com to learn how to preserve family stories and legacy for children and grandchildren.  Space is limited at this “how-to” session and advanced registration is required.

Symposium

1:00 to 2:30 p.m  Starting Your Genealogical Journey: Members of the Jewish Genealogical Society of Michigan will be available , using the latest genealogical technology, will be available for 15-minute sessions on a first-come, first-serve basis to demonstrate how to use technology to  create your own family tree.

2:30 to 3:30, Coming to America: The Eastern European Wave, with  popular lecturer Professor Howard Lupovitch, Director of the Cohn-Haddow Center for Judaic Studies at Wayne State University.  Prof. Lupovitch will explore the origins, characteristics, and dynamics of mass Jewish immigration from Eastern Europe to America.  What drove  so many Jews out of Eastern Europe and what attracted them to America? How did this massive wave of migration alter the course of Jewish History?

At 3:30 p.m. Antique Roadshow will enjoy the half-hour interlude Antique Street Show – Jewish Edition.   For fans of the hit PBS television show, Archivist and former antique appraiser, Jan Durecki, Director of the Rabbi Leo M. Franklin Archives, Temple Beth El will shed new light on, and appraise family heirlooms that came from Europe.

4:00 to 5:00 Ship to Shore – Passing Through to America.   Beelaert will conclude the symposium with  fascinating stories of the European Jews who booked passage on the Red Star Line bound for the golden dream of America.

Ongoing exhibits throughout the day will feature early scenes of Detroit from the Federation’s Leonard N. Simons Jewish Community Archives, and Detroit area high school yearbooks through the ages presented by the Jewish Historical Society of Michigan.

The cost:  $12  for the Workshop only (pre-registration required); $18 Symposium only, $25 Symposium plus Workshop.  Discount pricing will be available for members of co-sponsoring organizations.

Event sponsors:  Federation’s Alliance for Jewish Education/FedEd and co-sponsored by: Adat Shalom Synagogue; Cohn-Haddow Center for Judaic Studies, Wayne State University; Detroit Friends of Melton; Federation’s Leonard N. Simons Jewish Community Archives; Holocaust Memorial Center, Zekelman Family Campus; JCC’s SAJE (Seminars for Adult Jewish Enrichment); Jewish Genealogical Society of Michigan; The Jewish Forum; Jewish Historical Society of Michigan; Rabbi Leo M. Franklin Archives, Temple Beth El

» Register online at jewishdetroit.org/goldendream or call 248-205-2557.

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