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Travels in American Jewish History

Travels in American Jewish History

Travels in American Jewish History, a biennial program, is one of the AJA's most unique and popular study programs. Participants travel to American cities to study the region's Jewish history with outstanding scholars of the American Jewish experience. Travel programs have taken groups to Charleston, Albuquerque, Curaçao, Richmond, Denver, and Philadelphia.

Travels in American Jewish History 2014, New Orleans

Travels in American Jewish History: A Study Mission to New Orleans, La.

On August 26-30, 2015, the AJA will be leading a group to learn about the history of the Jewish community of New Orleans, LA. Participants will have the opportunity to interact with leading scholars in American Jewish history and tour area sites and landmarks first hand. We are happy to provide you with some of the highlights:

• Visit historic synagogues including Touro Synagogue and Temple Sinai and discover their own unique stories.

• Explore the New Orleans sights and sounds including the French Quarter, the Garden District, Long Vue House and Gardens, & the World War II Museum.

• Interact with participants and featured scholars as well as special guest speakers on topics such as the origins of Jazz and Jewish women in New Orleans.

Total cost of the program is $585.00 which includes a $100 non-refundable registration fee (per person). During registration, you may pay just the registration fee and pay the balance by June 1, 2015, or you may pay the entire fee.

Click Here to Register!

Spaces are Limited!

Featured Scholars

Dr. Stuart Rockoff currently serves as the Executive Director at the Mississippi Humanities Council. He moved to Jackson in 2002 to become the Director of the History Department at the Institute of Southern Jewish Life. In 2010, he received the Preserver of Mississippi Culture Award from the Council in recognition of his work with it as a project director for grant-funded programs, scholar, oral historian, evaluator, and lecturer. His bachelor of arts degree in U.S. history is from Wesleyan University in Middletown, CT. His master of arts and PhD, also in U.S. history, are from the University of Texas at Austin.

Dr. Michael Cohen is an Assistant Professor of Jewish Studies at Tulane University, where he holds Mellon and Sizeler Professorships. He earned his Ph.D. in American Jewish History from Brandeis University, and the author of The Birth of Conservative Judaism: Solomon Schechter's Disciples and the Creation of an American Religious Movement (Columbia University Press, 2012). His current research focuses on Jewish merchants in the postbellum Gulf South.

Dr. Gary P. Zola specializes in the history and development of American Reform Judaism and, in December, was named The Edward M. Ackerman Family Distinguished Professor of the American Jewish Experience & Reform Judaism. His published volumes include The Americanization of the Jewish Prayer Book and The Liturgical Development of Congregation Ahawath Chesed, A Place of Our Own: The Rise of Reform Jewish Camping in America, Isaac Harby of Charleston, a biographical study on the life of one of the founders of the first organized effort to reform Judaism in the United States of America. He has recently completed We Called Him Rabbi Abraham: Lincoln and American Jewry, and (with Marc Dollinger) American Jewish History: A Primary Source Reader.

Special Guest Scholars may be joining us as well.

For more information, please download the brochure or contact

Ms. Lisa B. Frankel, Director of Programs
The Jacob Rader Marcus Center of the American Jewish Archives
3101 Clifton Ave
Cincinnati, Ohio 45223
(513) 487-3218