Conference: Zionism on the Jewish Street, YU Center for Israel Studies

The Yeshiva University Center for Israel Studies Presents:

Zionism on the Jewish Street:

Urban Geography and Jewish Nationalism at the Turn of the 20th Century

An International Conference Sunday and Monday, March 7-8 2010, New York City

Jewish culture at the turn of the twentieth century was vibrant. And more than any other place, it was the cities – from the university halls of Vienna, the salons of Odessa, the cafes of Tel Aviv and the streets of New York – that were the birthplace of Zionism and Jewish diaspora nationalism.

This conference will consider many sides of Jewish nationalism, including the emergence of mass politics and new expressions of modern Jewish culture in the press, visual culture, architecture and urban sphere.

To register and for more information, visit

Sunday, March 7, 2010
Yeshiva University Museum, Center for Jewish History
15 West 16th Street

Opening Session  4:00 – 6:00 p.m.
Zionism on the Jewish Street: Three Cities
Chair:  Jacob Wisse, Director, Yeshiva University Museum

Odessa: Steven Zipperstein, Stanford University
Vienna:  Marsha Rozenblit, University of Maryland

Tel Aviv: Barbara Mann, Jewish Theological Seminary

*Monday, March 8, 2010*
Yeshiva University, Wilf Campus
185 West 185th Street, Furst Hall 501,
Washington Heights

*Session 2  10:00 a.m. – 12 p.m.*
Zionism on the Jewish Street: Human Geography: Jewish Nationalism, ideology and popular expression
Chair: Joshua Zimmerman, Yeshiva University

Jenna Weissman Joselit, George Washington University
* Blue Box the Bold:  Zionism and the Modern Child* Jonathan Krasner, Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion *The Bureau of Education and the Struggle for Ivrit b’Ivrit in the Talmud Torahs* David Brenner*, *University of Houston *German-Jewish Popular Culture and Cultural Zionism* Joshua Karlip, Yeshiva University *The Anxiety of Influence: Yiddishism and the Jewish Religious Tradition*

*Session 3   2:15-4:30 p.m.*
Zionism on the Jewish Street: Urbanism, Art and Jewish Nationalism
Chair: Robert Seltzer, The City University of New York

Jess Olson, Yeshiva University
*The House that Straucher Built: Czernowitz and the New Jewish City* Michael Berkowitz, University College, London *Reconsidering Zionism and Photography: Effective Affinities* Alexander Mishory, Open University of Israel and Rice University *Jewish Renaissance  and Revival on Tel Aviv Building Facades* Nina Spiegel, American University *The City as a Stage: Dancing, Parading, and Masquerading in Mandate Tel  Aviv*

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