Center for Jewish History Presents:
'A History of Giving: Symposium on Jews and Charity'
Debra Kaplan, Yeshiva University
Judah Galinsky, Bar Ilan University-CAJS, University of Pennsylvania
Fourteen international scholars will discuss the fascinatingly complex personal, legal, economic and social reasons that led to charitable giving over time, looking with a comparative lens at its practice among Jews from the biblical period through the contemporary period. For a complete program and list of scholars, please visit www.cjh.org/charity.
CJH | $20 general; $15 CJH members; $8 seniors.
Complimentary tickets are available for graduate students. Please contact Ethan Zadoff at email@example.com.
Session 1: The Apparatus of Charitable Giving
Chair: Gerald Blidstein, Ben Gurion University of the Negev-NYU Tikvah
Moshe Halbertal, Hebrew University- New York University: On Addressing Needs Private and Public
Alyssa Gray, Hebrew Union College: The Amoraim of Bavel and Eretz Israel as Collectors and Distributors of Charity Funds
Idana Goldberg, Associate Executive Director, RAVSAK: Sacrifices Upon the Altar of Charity: The Masculinization of Jewish Philanthropy in Mid-nineteenth Century America
Session 2: Forms of Communal Charity
Chair: Mark Cohen, Princeton University
Tzvi Novick, Notre Dame University, Subsidizing the Poor: Charity and the Economic Cost of Halakhic Observance in Rabbinic Palestine
Judah Galinsky, Bar Ilan University-CAJS, University of Pennsylvania: The Tension between Private Giving and Communal Charity – A Medieval Perspective
Elisheva Baumgarten, Bar Ilan University-CAJS, University of Pennsylvania: Communal Charity as a Reflection of Medieval Jewish Society: The Nürnberg Memorbuch
Session 3: Addressing Communal Need through Charity and Philanthropy
Chair: Jonathan Helfand, Brooklyn College, CUNY
Debra Kaplan, Yeshiva University: Coercion and the Communal Chest: Funding Early Modern Jewish Communities
Alan Kraut, American University: Caring for Our Own: Jewish Hospitals and Jewish Philanthropy in the History of American Healthcare.
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