Date: Wednesday, February 9, 2022
Time: 7:30 pm - 9:00 pmLocation:
Virtually via Zoom
Contact: Shari Berman
Another Promised Land? A Texan Perspective on Southern Jewish History (Virtual)
Wednesday, February 9, 7:30pm-9pm
Presented by Dr. Joshua Furman, Associate Director, Program in Jewish Studies and Curator, Houston Jewish History Archive at Rice University
In partnership with the Haberman Institute for Jewish Studies
“There are Jews in Texas?” Nearly forty years ago, the documentary film West of Hester Street attempted to shed light on the history of Jews in Texas by narrating the story of the Galveston Movement, a project that brought almost 10,000 Jews to the United States via the port on Galveston Island in the years before World War I. Today, Texas Jewish history and the larger history of Jews and Jewish communities across the southern United States are enjoying a 21st-century renaissance, as evidenced by the work of the Institute for Southern Jewish Life in Mississippi, the formation of the Houston Jewish History Archive at Rice University in 2018, and the opening of the new Museum of the Southern Jewish Experience in New Orleans this past May. Nevertheless, outside of Texas and the Deep South, Jews who have made this region their home remain something of an obscure curiosity.
Using rare archival materials from the collections in the Houston Jewish History Archive, this talk will highlight many of the core themes in Southern Jewish history — immigration, adaptation, socioeconomic mobility, and race relations — from a Texan perspective. We will also consider why preserving Jewish history in archives, especially in understudied and endangered communities, is so critical.
Fee: Free (but you must register).
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Joshua Furman, a native of San Antonio, is the founder and curator of the Houston Jewish History Archive at Rice University, where he also serves as Associate Director and lecturer in the Program in Jewish Studies. At Rice, Dr. Furman offers courses on immigration history, American Judaism, Black-Jewish relations, and Jewish food. His most recent publication is a chapter about Jewish Houston in the book Making Houston Modern: The Life and Architecture of Howard Barnstone, which was published in 2020 by the University of Texas Press. He also authored an essay on migration in American Jewish history for the volume Interpreting American Jewish History at Museums and Historic Sites, published in 2016 by Rowman and Littlefield. His article about Jewish immigration into Texas via the Galveston Movement will appear in the 2022 issue of the Southern Jewish History journal. Currently, he is working on a book project about the history of Houston’s Jewish community from the 1800s to the present. Dr. Furman received his Ph.D. in modern Jewish history from the University of Maryland in 2015.