Rebecca Kobrin // Conversation Series, Part I: Lessons from Jewish Interwar Europe


This is the first of two lunchtime conversations offered in partnership with the Gershman Y: Lessons from Jewish Interwar Europe.  

Some have compared the present political moment to Germany in 1933. This two-part series will take a deeper look at aspects of Jewish politics in that time, asking what, if anything, truly resonates with the situation today. In both sessions, Katz Center fellows will talk about their areas of expertise with thoughtful interlocutors and invite the audience to join the conversation.

Part I: Soft Power with Rebecca Kobrin 

For Jews in the interwar world, the distribution of American dollars was an overtly political act with a strong influence on the shape of Jewish life in Europe. This conversation will be about how Jews use their philanthropic power and its effects, intended and unintended, on the Jewish and non-Jewish political landscape.


Click here for Part II: Culture Wars with Philipp von Wussow

Rebecca Kobrin is the Russell and Bettina Knapp Associate Professor of American Jewish History at Columbia University. Her research, teaching, and publications engage in the fields of international history, urban history, Jewish history, American religion, and diaspora studies. She is the author of the award winning Jewish Bialystok and Its Diaspora and co-editor of Chosen Capital: The Jewish Encounter with American Capitalism and Purchasing Power: The Economics of Jewish History. She is the Ella Darivoff Fellow this spring at the Katz Center. 


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Event Location: 
The Gershman Y
401 South Broad Street Philadelphia, PA 19147
$10 admission to this lecture, $15 for the series; free for PennCard holders. Register at
Event Date and Time: 
February 16, 2017 12:30pm