Judith Gerson speaking at Kehilat HaNahar in New Hope

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Date(s) - 11/14/2013
7:30 pm

Kehilat Hanahar (Little Schul by the River)

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According to a fascinating study of immigrants who survive trauma, recollections of the past eventually meld together into a single collective memory.  Individual experiences may be unique, but years later, they seem to turn into common memories of the past.



On November 14th, at 7:30 pm, Kehilat HaNahar will host a talk by the author of this research, Judith Gerson, PhD,  Associate Professor of Sociology at Rutgers University.  She will discuss “By Thanksgiving, We Were Americans,” her study of collective memory among German Jews who fled the Nazis. She will also explore the implications of collective memory. Does it influence our own recollections of trauma? How does it shape experiences of  immigrants who come to the US as refuges from violence or other ordeals?


Dr. Gerson is also on the faculty of the Department of Jewish Studies and the Department of Women’s and Gender Studies at Rutgers.  She has received numerous awards and grants to conduct research on the sociological perspectives of life during and after the Holocaust.



This event is free and open to the public. For further information, please contact Kehilat HaNahar, the Little Shul by the River at 215-862-1912 or at littleshul@kehilathanahar.org


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Charlie Sahner

“Once you can accept the universe as matter expanding into nothing that is something, wearing stripes with plaid comes easy." - Einstein

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