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The Genius of Yosef Yerushalmi

November 3, 2021

No people has navigated the tightrope between history and memory with greater doggedness than the Jews. We dig up, investigate and argue about the facts of our past — even as we cling to memories that might not be quite accurate but that serve as our national glue.

That tension was at the heart of the work of Dr. Yosef Hayim Yerushalmi, a towering Jewish scholar, the Salo Wittmayer Baron Professor of Jewish History, Culture and Society at Columbia University.

During his long career, Dr. Yerushalmi plumbed an eclectic assortment of Jewish subjects, from the Spanish expulsion to Freud’s relationship with his religion. But Jewish memory was his signature concern as he wrestled with the question as to whether scholarship alone could nurture a living culture.

Upon the publication of Transmitting Jewish History, based on conversations with Dr. YerushalmiThe Temple Emanu-El Streicker Center is honored to welcome its author, Sylvie Anne Goldberg, to discuss his personal and intellectual journey and the mark he’s left on Jewish scholarship and thought.

Sylvie Anne Goldberg is associate professor at the Center for Historical Research and head of the Jewish Studies Program at L’École des hautes études en science sociales (The School for Advanced Studies in the Social Sciences) in Paris. She is the author of three other books on Jewish history.



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