In the mid-19th century, American Jewish communities experienced profound demographic transformations as an influx of German Jews immigrated to the United States, the Reform movement began to gain traction and Jewish immigrants struggled to reconcile their religious identities with their new lives in America. It was in this context that 12 German Jewish immigrants came together in 1843 to establish B’nai B’rith.
In her new book, “The Independent Orders of B’nai B’rith and True Sisters: Pioneers of a New Jewish Identity 1843-1914,” Cornelia Wilhelm examines B’nai B’rith in the organization’s larger context as an intellectual outlet for German Jews and as a cultural center outside the traditional religious realm of synagogue.
Join us for an exclusive book signing. This event is part of the symposium “Reconsidering the ‘German Jew’ in America: Images and Identities” at Emory University.
WHEN: Monday, Sept. 19 at 1 p.m.
WHERE: Marcus Hillel Center
735 Gatewood Road
WHO: Opening remarks by B’nai B’rith International Executive Vice President Daniel S. Mariaschin.
Cornelia Wilhelm will be available to sign books.