Date: Wednesday, August 3, 2022
Time: 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
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How can restoring overlooked Jewish American narratives change how we understand American history?

Homestead, Pennsylvania was home to America’s greatest steel mill at a time when the American steel industry was the pride of the country. During the industry’s heyday, the town had a sizable Jewish community that helped to make Homestead not just a steeltown, but a hometown. Yet, you can read the dozens of books and articles about Homestead and not learn about the contributions of Homestead’s Jews, nor even realize they had been there.

This talk will review the history of the Jewish community in Homestead, from the arrival of the first Jewish family in 1881 as the steel mill was built, to the closing of the synagogue in 1993 when the last members could no longer make a minyan. In parallel, the talk will explore how the narratives around Homestead narrowed over time, centering on the interplay of labor and industry and ultimately erasing people and stories that don’t fit those themes. By examining the experiences of Jews in this particular milltown, we can draw out important lessons from the past and provide insights into the present-day Jewish American experience.

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Rebecca Leavey
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7700 Baltimore Rd. Suite B
Rockville, MD 20851

Haberman Institute for Jewish Studies
7700 Baltimore Rd. Suite B
Rockville, MD 20851