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The Milkhik State: 223 Years of Wisconsin Jewish History

This course was offered in Winter/Spring, 2017.

Jews have lived in Wisconsin almost continuously since 1793, when Jacob Frank established a fur-trading outpost in the Green Bay settlement. Wisconsin’s Jewish population peaked at 39,000 across 300 communities before World War II, when two dozen cities supported at least one synagogue. Those numbers have dropped to 26,000 Jews in fewer than 100 communities. Still, Wisconsin Jewry has contributed much to the world: an Israeli prime minister, the world’s greatest escape artist, a Pulitzer Prize-winning author, elected officials including two U.S. senators, an All-Star baseball outfielder, farmers, activists, artists, and an honorary Winnebago tribal chief. In this presentation, Andrew Muchin details Wisconsin Jewry’s remarkable individual, family and community histories.

Schedule

# Sessions
1
Date & time

Thursday, February 16
7:00 - 8:30 pm

Tuition
Free
Session Time Days Location Instructors
Feb 16 7:00 PM–8:30 PM Thu Jewish Community Library Andrew Muchin

Location

Jewish Community Library

1835 Ellis Street

San Francisco, CA 94115

415-567-3327

The Library is located between Scott and Pierce on the campus of the Jewish Community High School. There is a free and secure parking garage accessible from Pierce Street; buzz the intercom, announce that you’re coming to the Library, and the gate will go up. For more information call (415) 567-3327.

Instructors

Andrew Muchin

Andrew Muchin is program coordinator at the Jewish Community Library and host of the “Sounds Jewish” syndicated weekly radio show airing on Mississippi Public Broadcasting. From 2003-2010, he served as director of the Wisconsin Small Jewish Communities History Project, a non-profit research effort. He has written about Jewish life for the Forward, Moment magazine, Jewish Telegraphic Agency, J-Weekly and numerous other publications.