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Hasidism: A New History

This course was offered in Winter/Spring, 2018.

HasidismJoin historian David Biale for a lively discussion of Hasidism: A New History, the first comprehensive history of the pietistic movement that originated in mystical circles in southeastern Poland in the 18th century and went on to shape modern Judaism. Professor Biale shares insights into the movement’s leadership and followers and demonstrates that, far from being a throwback to the Middle Ages, Hasidism was a product of modernity that forged its identity as a radical alternative to the secular world.


# Sessions
Date & time

Sunday, January 21
4:00 pm


Free; advanced registration required here

Session Time Days Location Instructors
Jan 21 4:00 PM–5:30 PM Sun JCCSF David Biale



3200 California Street

San Francisco, CA 94118



David Biale

David Biale David Biale is the Emanuel Ringelblum Distinguished Professor of Jewish History at UC Davis. He is the author of the forthcoming Hasidism: A New History and a biography of Gershom Scholem. Recent books include The Norton Anthology of World Religions: Judaism; Not in the Heavens: The Tradition of Jewish Secular Thought; Blood and Belief: The Circulation of a Symbol Between Jews and Christians; and Cultures of the Jews: A New History. He is the editor, together with Susannah Heschel and Michael Galchinsky, of Insider/Outsider: American Jews and Multiculturalism.