“The Chosen Folks; Jews on the Frontiers of Texas”

Join Hillel and the community on Friday night April 16th for a Southern Fried Shabbat service, dinner, and presentation.

Fri, April 16, 2010 | Texas Hillel, 2105 San Antonio St.

“The Chosen Folks; Jews on the Frontiers of Texas”

A lecture by Professor Bryan Edward Stone, Associate Professor of History at Del Mar College in Corpus Christi.

Services at 7pm. Dinner following at 8:15pm

Community members $13 UT students $5. Registration by RSVP to:  http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/BagelsandGrits

This event is in partnership with the Schusterman Center for Jewish Studies and the Jewish Federation of Greater Austin.

Featured on the walls at Hillel will be the Bagels & Grits: Images of Jewish Life in the Deep South exhibit by the Museum of the Southern Jewish Experience.

About the Presentation:

Texas has one of the largest Jewish populations in the South and West, comprising an often-overlooked vestige of the Diaspora. The Chosen Folks brings this rich aspect of the past to light, going beyond single biographies and photographic histories to explore the full evolution of the Jewish experience in Texas.

Drawing on previously unpublished archival materials and synthesizing earlier research, Bryan Edward Stone begins with the crypto-Jews who fled the Spanish Inquisition in the late sixteenth century and then discusses the unique Texas-Jewish communities that flourished far from the acknowledged centers of Jewish history and culture. The effects of this peripheral identity are explored in depth, from the days when geographic distance created physical divides to the redefinitions of "frontier" that marked the twentieth century. The rise of the Ku Klux Klan, the creation of Israel in the wake of the Holocaust, and the civil rights movement are covered as well, raising provocative questions about the attributes that enabled Texas Jews to forge a distinctive identity on the national and world stage. Brimming with memorable narratives, The Chosen Folks brings to life a cast of vibrant pioneers.


 Bryan Edward Stone is an Associate Professor of History at Del Mar College in Corpus Christi, Texas, and has been a Visiting Professor at the SchustermanCenter for Jewish Studies at the University of Texas at Austin. He has published a variety of articles on Texas Jewry


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