UJA and The Jewish Week invite you to a special, literary event this January
American Shtetl: The Making of Kiryas Joel, a Hasidic Village in Upstate New York
Next in The Folio Series, we’ll welcome Nomi Stolzenberg and David Myers for a discussion of their new book — the first to tell the detailed story of how a group of Yiddish-speaking, pious Jews created a vibrant world apart, a thriving legal municipality that is unprecedented in modern Jewish life. Kiryas Joel, named for the charismatic founder of Satmar Hasidism, Rabbi Joel Teitelbaum, was incorporated in 1977 as a village in the Town of Monroe.
Stolzenberg is a scholar of American law and Myers is a scholar of modern Jewish history. Together, they offer an insightful, compelling, and timely view of daily life in Kiryas Joel and all its religious, cultural, economic, and political implications.
This event will be moderated by Sandee Brawarsky.
David is the Sady and Ludwig Kahn Professor of Jewish History at UCLA, where he serves as the director of the UCLA Luskin Center for History and Policy. He is the author or editor of more than fifteen books in the field of Jewish history.
Nomi is the Nathan and Lily Shapell Chair at the University of Southern California Gould School of Law. She helped establish the USC Center for Law, History and Culture, one of the preeminent centers for the study of law and the humanities, which she currently co-directs.
Sandee is an award-winning journalist, editor, and author.