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Book Launch and Lecture on Gender Issues in 19th Century German Judaism

14 November 2006

The Rady Jewish Community Centre and the Jewish Heritage Centre will be co-sponsoring a lecture by University of Manitoba History Professor Benjamin M. Baader followed by the launch of his new book Gender, Judaism, and Bourgeois Culture in Germany, 1800-1870. This will take place on Thursday, November 23, 7:30 pm in the Adult Lounge (Asper Jewish Community Campus).

Born in Germany, where he studied at the Technische Universität Berlin and Freie Universität Berlin, Baader received his MA and PhD from Columbia University in New York. At the University of Manitoba, he has taught courses such as German History since the Reformation, German and German Jewish History, 1780 to 1933, and Judaism, Gender and Modern Jewish History.

As a study of gender and religious culture, Gender, Judaism, and Bourgeois Culture in Germany, 1800-1870 explores the transformation of Judaism during a period of profound change. During this period, women moved from the margins of Jewish society into a more prominent position. Based on his book, Baader will show in his lecture that gender played an important role in the process in which modern Judaism came into existence. He will discuss changes in synagogue worship and the Jewish culture of prayer and examine new bonds between rabbis and women.

Baader’s lecture will set out how women assumed new roles as educators, activists, and religious writers, when Judaism became a modern religion.

Admission is free. Everyone is welcome to attend. Refreshments and book signing will follow Prof. Baader’s lecture. For further information please contact Tamar Barr at 204-477-7537 or Stan Carbone at 204-477-7467.

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