Discovering Maine’s Jewish History: The Second Maine Jewish History Conference

Sunday, April 3, 2011 — Roberts Union, Colby College

Follow the links below to online versions of the conference presentations.

10:00 — Morning Plenary Session

Words of welcome and thanks: Dean Lori Kletzer and Professor David Freidenreich, Colby College

Opening keynote address:The Jewish History of Small-Town Maine in National Perspective

Professor Lee Shai Weissbach, University of Louisville

11:30 — Morning Panel Sessions

Dynamics of Jewish Life in the First Half of the 20th Century

Respondent: Hasia Diner, New York University

Jewishness in Maine

Respondent: Harriet Freidenreich, Temple University

Jewish Merchants

Respondent: Michael Hoberman, Fitchburg State University

Jews and Gentiles

Respondent: Richard D’Abate, Maine Historical Society

Guided Tour of “Lobster and Latkes: Jewish Life in Maine” – Robyn Wardell ’11

1:45 — Afternoon Panel Sessions

In the Wake of World War II

Respondent: Rob Weisbrot, Colby College

Leisure and Social Life

Respondent: Ardis Cameron, University of Southern Maine

Transmitting Jewish Identity in Maine

Respondent: Meaghan Dwyer-Ryan ’96, Boston College

Setting Down Roots and Pulling Up Stakes

Respondent: Lee Shai Weissbach, University of Louisville

Guided Tour of “Lobster and Latkes: Jewish Life in Maine” – Spencer Kasko ’12

3:00 — Afternoon Plenary Session

Culminating keynote address: “The Local, the National, and the Global: Maine’s Jews in Modern Jewish History”

Professor Hasia Diner, New York University

“Discovering Maine’s Jewish History” was co-sponsored by the Jewish Studies Program at Colby College and its Goldfarb Center for Public Affairs and Civic Engagement, in collaboration with Documenting Maine Jewry and Maine Historical Society.

2010-11 public programming on Maine’s Jewish history was made possible by the Legacy Heritage Jewish Studies Project, directed by the Association for Jewish Studies (AJS). This project promotes sustained Jewish studies programming in small to mid-sized communities and seeks to foster relationships between scholars and the wider communities in which they work. Support for the project is generously provided by Legacy Heritage Fund, Ltd.