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Beginning in the 16th century, Eastern European Jewish life in Europe was centered in small communities known as shtetls. Shtetl life and the rich culture it engendered continued through the 18th and 19th centuries. In the 19th century, waves of Jewish immigrants arrived in America and tended to settle in large, crowded cities like New York. Throughout the 20th and 21st century Jewish life has continued to flourish in America and beyond.

Immigration to the Golden Land: Jewish Life in America
Explore the broad range of experiences - positive and negative - that characterize Jewish immigration to the U.S.

Yiddish Culture: From Europe to America
Students will be introduced to the role that Yiddish culture played in the lives of Jews in Eastern Europe and how it served as a vehicle for communicating new, modern ideas and mores.

The Shtetl: An Incubator of Jewish Culture
Learn about the shtetl (small market town), where the majority of Jews in Eastern Europe lived in the 18th and 19th centuries, and consider the elements of shtetl culture that continue to have an impact today.