"Hullo, Are you Dere?”: Jewish Immigration, the Telephone, and the Technology of Acculturation


UPDATE: This event has been cancelled due to a power outage at Main Line Reform Temple caused by Friday's storm. Please stay tuned for any news on rescheduling.

This talk will take a look at the telephone as an example of how American technological culture shaped the experience of Jewish immigrants in the first half of the twentieth century. From ads (including a tagline in Yiddish, “remember all languages can be spoken through the telephone”) to vaudeville routines to op-eds, the phone was a focus of anxiety about immigration, ethnic identity, and religious difference. It impacted Jewish community and cultural connection in surprising ways, just as modern communication technologies do today.





Tamar Rabinowitz, an affiliated scholar at the Katz Center this year, is an American historian focusing on the Jewish immigration and women in the early twentieth century. She earned her Ph.D. from the George Washington University in 2016 and is now an Adjunct Assistant Professor of History at Brooklyn College, CUNY. She also works as a Research Associate at the New York Historical Society consulting on a project to create a national curriculum in American Women's History. She served previously as a curatorial researcher at the National Museum of American Jewish History, the Baltimore Jewish Museum, and the Museum of the City of New York.




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Event Location: 
Main Line Reform Temple
410 Montgomery Ave
Wynnewood, PA 19096
Event Date and Time: 
March 05, 2018 7:30pm
Open to the public