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Noted Scholar and Author Hasia Diner to Discuss Book on Jewish Migration to the New World

(PDF) (DOC) (JPG)October 27, 2015

Roads TakenMAHWAH, N.J. – Dr. Hasia Diner, Director of the Goldstein-Goren Center for American Jewish History at New York University, will discuss her recent book, Roads Taken: The Great Jewish Migrations to the New World and the Peddlers Who Forged the Way, on Sunday, December 20 at 10:30 a.m. at Temple Israel, 475 Grove Street, Ridgewood, N.J. The Gross Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies at Ramapo College of New Jersey is a co-sponsor of the event. Copies of the book will be available for signing.

Roads Taken tells the story of millions of discontented young Jewish men who sought opportunity abroad, leaving parents, wives and sweethearts behind. Wherever they went, they learned unfamiliar languages and customs, endured loneliness, battled the elements and proffered goods from the metropolis to people of the hinterlands. In the Irish Midlands, the Adirondacks of New York, the mining camps of New South Wales and so many other places, these traveling men brought change—to themselves and the families who later followed, to the women whose homes and communities they entered, and ultimately to the geography of Jewish history.

HasiaDinerA specialist in immigration and ethnic history, American Jewish history and the history of American women, Diner is the author of numerous books, including In the Almost Promised Land: American Jews and Blacks, 1915-1935; Erin’s Daughters in American: Irish Immigrant Women in the Nineteenth Century, and Lower East Side Memories: The Jewish Place in America. Her book, We Remember with Reverence and Love: American Jews and the Myth of Silence, won both the National Jewish Book Award and the Saul Veiner Prize of American Jewish History.

Diner also is the Paul S. and Sylvia Steinberg Professor of American Jewish History and Professor of Hebrew and Judaic Studies and History at New York University. She received her Ph.D. in history at the University of Illinois-Chicago. Her bachelor’s degree was awarded from the University of Wisconsin and her master’s from the University of Chicago.

For more information, visit the Gross Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies at or call 201-684-7409. Information on the talk also can be found at Temple Israel at or call 201-444-9320.


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