In modern times, Jews emerged as consummate urban dwellers. After World War II, as American Jews migrated away from cities embroiled in so-called urban crises, they experienced a simultaneous Jewish urban crises. Who were Jews apart from their urbanism? And how would they remake their relationship to urban spaces, people, and ideals? Drawing upon her extensive research on Detroit, Lila Corwin Berman argues the story of postwar Jewish migration away from cities is one of enduring—and tension-filled—urban entanglement, marked by the politics of privatization.
Lila Corwin Berman is the Murray Friedman Chair of American Jewish History at Temple University.
Co-sponsored by the Modern U.S. History Seminar, the Melton Center for Jewish Studies, and the Race, Ethnicity, and Nation Constellation in the Department of History
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