Facilitated by Howard Schickler

Wednesday, June 1, 6:30 pm

The next presentation in the Random Walk Through Jewish History and Culture series will be the Center for Jewish History’s “Rescue the Surviving Souls: The Great Jewish Refugee Crisis of the Seventeenth Century”. It is described below.

The program will occur on Wed. June 1 starting at 6:30 p.m.. To join click below.


Howard Schickler will be sharing some short articles on the history of Jews in Poland, the organization of their communities and the Polish Lithuanian Commonwealth to those who wish to receive them.

If you would like those materials click here.

If you have wondered about the community structures that allowed the Jewish people to recover after pogroms and massacres, this program is for you. Were there communal structures that supported refugees and the reconstruction of shattered lives and communities?

This talk is about how Jewish communities, both Ashkenazi and Sephardic, responded to the terrible aftermath of the dissolution of the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth in 1648 and the pogroms, expulsions and enslavement that followed.

The author’s presentation is about 45 minutes long, followed by 45 minutes of questions and answers from the live audience.

Rescue the Surviving Souls: The Great Jewish Refugee Crisis of the Seventeenth Century

Join Adam Teller (Brown University), in conversation with Jonathan Karp (SUNY Binghamton), about the untold story of the 17th-century Jewish refugee crisis which spread from war-torn Poland-Lithuania through the Middle East, North Africa, and Western Europe— its social-cultural, economic, and cultural consequences, and the ways Jewish society responded to it. Whether by raising money to ransom those Jews put up for sale on the slave markets or adopting new social and religious forms to help relieve the suffering of those who had undergone traumatic experiences, 17th-century Jewish society exerted itself mightily to help the refugees and presents us with new ways to think about refugee issues.