The Patrons and their Poor: Jewish Public Charity in Early Modern Germany

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Wednesday, November 30, 2022
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM EST

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How does premodern European Jewish charity compare to modern Jewish philanthropy? Debra Kaplan explores the challenges faced by Jewish communities in Germany from 1500 to1800 and the strategies adopted by their leaders to support the poor.


This event is part of the series "The Public and Private Politics of Philanthropy: New Insights into the Past, Present, and Future of Giving." Intended for scholars, students, and others interested in new research in the study of Jewish philanthropy, this webinar series draws attention to the past and present of Jewish philanthropy and its intersection with the political and civic life of its time.


Debra Kaplan

Bar-Ilan University

Debra Kaplan teaches early modern Jewish history at Bar-Ilan University. A social historian, she is the author of Beyond Expulsion (2011) and The Patrons and their Poor (University of Pennsylvania 2020; winner of the Rosl und Paul Arnsberg-Preis).

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The seminar is organized by Lila Corwin Berman and Steven Weitzman as part of the Jewish Philanthropy Research Initiative hosted by the Herbert D. Katz Center for Advanced Judaic Studies at the University of Pennsylvania and the Feinstein Center for American Jewish History at Temple University, with sponsorship from the Lippman Kanfer Foundation for Living Torah.


Image: Alfred Burke, Jewish Relief Campaign Poster, 1917. Judah L. Magnes Museum, Item 5311.