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The North and the South: Jewish Life and the War that Changed America
Sponsor Vilna Shul
Type of Event Education
Description Visit the Vilna Shul in Beacon Hill for an afternoon kosher luncheon and talk on Jewish life and the Civil War with lifelong historian and Vilna Shul board member Leon Aronson. Aronson will explore what we know about America’s Jewish citizens, living in both the north and the south, and their connections to the eventual acceptance of Jews into mainstream life in America. From George Washington to Lincoln, General Grant and the soldiers and their families who fought on both sides, we will look at the people and events that shaped a nation and the Jewish communities within it. During the talk Aronson will highlight the lives of two of the era’s well-known figures, Confederate Secretary of State Judah Benjamin and Jonas Strauss, brother of businessman Levi Strauss. On display will be Civil War era currency and patriotic images. After the discussion all attendees are welcome on a special guided tour of the Shul highlighting the Vilna’s Civil War connections, including the very seats that fill the historic synagogue’s sanctuary.
Date/Dates March 10 2013 - March 11 2013
Times 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Cost free
Street Address 18 Phillips Street Google Map
Location Boston, MA 02114 United States
Contact Information
Contact Name Steven Greenberg
Email(s) info@vilnashul.0rg
Phone Number (617) 523-2324
Additional Information
Religion None
Audience People of All Faiths
People who are interested in Synagogues and the Jewish Community, Popular Culture

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