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September 26, 2022


Oct 02, 2022
10:00 am - 5:15 pm
In PersonVirtual Event

The Leonard L. Milberg Symposium in honor of Harold T. Shapiro: Jews in the Gilded Age

Center For Jewish History

General Admission: $50
Limited Time Through 9/23: $30
Student/Educator Ticket: $20

Pay what you wish.

Join us for a day-long symposium on Jewish life during the Gilded Age! This event, held in coordination with the new special exhibition From Sitting Room to Soapbox: Emma Lazarus, Union Square, & American Identity, and in celebration of the new comprehensive volume from Princeton University, Yearning to Breathe Free: Jews in Gilded Age America, will welcome some of American Jewish history’s most preeminent scholars as we delve into the history and memory of one of the United States’ most complex eras. Join co-editors Jonathan D. Sarna and Adam D. Mendelsohn and our esteemed panelists for a journey through the Gilded Age.

Your ticket price includes access to all sessions, admission to the exhibit galleries for the day, a copy of Yearning to Breathe Free, lunch, and a wine and beer happy hour. Dietary laws will be observed.

Program Schedule 

10am-11am ET: Jewish Organizations and their Founders
Moderator: Gemma R. Birnbaum, AJHS Executive Director
Panelists: Jeffrey Gurock, Yeshiva University and Daniel Soyer, Fordham University

11am-12pm ET: Depictions of Gilded Age America in Film and Television
Moderator: Julie Salamon
Panelists: Mike Hale, The NY Times and Miriam Mora, the Center for Jewish History

12pm-1pm ET: Jewish Entrepreneurship in the Gilded Age
Moderator: Harold T. Shapiro, Princeton University
Panelists: Adam Mendelsohn, University of Cape Town and Roger Horowitz, Hagley Museum and Library

12pm-1pm ET: In the Sitting Room: Jewish Artists of the Gilded Age
A Salon with Samantha Baskind, Cleveland State University
(please note this session will be exclusive for onsite attendees only)

1pm-2pm ET: Lunch and Exhibit Open House
(For Online Viewers: Encore Presentation of The Tenor of Irish-Jewish Relations in 19th-20th Century New York with Miriam Nyhan Grey, Hasia Diner, and Jeffrey Gurock)

2pm-3pm ET: Jewish Women of the Gilded Age
Moderator: Melissa Klapper, Rowan University
Panelists: Pamela Nadell, American University and Esther Schor, Princeton University

3pm-4:15pm ET: Practicing Judaism in the Gilded Age
Moderator: Jonathan Sarna, Brandeis University
Panelists: Zev Eleff, Gratz College; Shuly Schwartz, Jewish Theological Seminary, Meir Soloveichik, Congregation Shearith Israel

4:15-5:15pm ET: Kosher wine and beer happy hour and book signing with Jonathan D. Sarna and Adam D. Mendelsohn

Can’t make it in person? Join us virtually for the Leonard L. Milberg Symposium in honor of Harold T. Shapiro Jews in the Gilded Age, free of charge!


This event has been made possible by the generous support of Leonard L. Milberg in Honor of Harold T. Shapiro, and is held in coordination with the AJHS exhibit, From Sitting Room to Soapbox: Emma Lazarus, Union Square, & American Identity. This event is co-sponsored by the Center for Jewish History and Congregation Shearith Israel, and received additional support from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the David Berg Foundation.

Center For Jewish History


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