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The Museum is open Monday, October 14, 10 am–6 pm, for Columbus Day.

Jews and the Making of Modern America
Bernard and Irene Schwartz Distinguished Speakers Series
Abraham Foxman, Thane Rosenbaum
Wed, February 15th, 2017 | 6:30 pm
(Members $24)

Note: This event is sold out



Abraham Foxman and Thane Rosenbaum explore the pivotal moments in American-Jewish history, including the Leo Frank murder trial, the movement to free Soviet Jewry, Jewish participation in the Civil Rights struggle, the Rosenberg espionage trial and execution, and George Washington’s letter to the Jews of Newport, RI. In this wide-ranging discussion, they will shed light on influential Jewish Americans, including Haym Salomon, Louis Brandeis, Emma Lazarus, Irving Berlin, Elie Wiesel, Mark Spitz, Steven Spielberg, and many others.

Abraham Foxman, national director emeritus of the Anti-Defamation League, will be directing a new center for the study of anti-Semitism at the Museum of Jewish Heritage. Thane Rosenbaum, director of the Forum on Law, Culture & Society at NYU School of Law, is an essayist, law professor, and novelist.

Presented in conjunction with the exhibition The First Jewish Americans: Freedom and Culture in the New World


The Robert H. Smith Auditorium at the New-York Historical Society, 170 Central Park West, New York, NY 10024


This program has reached capacity. There will be a standby line the evening of the program. One hour before the program begins, we will begin handing out standby numbers with members receiving priority. Shortly before the program begins, we would begin selling tickets if we are able to do so. Standby does not guarantee admission.

Advance purchase is required to guarantee seating. All sales are final; refunds and exchanges not permitted. Programs and dates may be subject to change. Management reserves the right to refuse admission to latecomers.

Creative: Tronvig Group