East Brunswick Public Library presents the fourth annual installment in “The Jews of Eastern Europe Before The Holocaust” program series on April 30 at 2:30 pm. This year’s program focuses on the Jewish population of Belarus and the Baltic States before World War II.
The event consists of lectures and music that highlight rich culture created by the Jewish population in that region. Glenn Dynner, a professor at Sarah Lawrence College and a member of the Princeton Institute of Advanced Study, presents the history of Jewish Life in the Baltic States.
Rabbi Esther Reed, Senior Associate Director of Hillel at Rutgers University, and Rabbi Joshua Finkelstein, East Brunswick Jewish Center will also be speaking at the event.
“This program brings to light the deep roots and rich history and culture of the Jews in several Eastern European countries where they had a significant presence before their catastrophic extermination by the Germans and their allies,” said Michael G. Kesler, who has organized the program series.
Since his retirement in 2006, Kesler has written extensively of his and his late wife’s experiences during World War II. He will also be performing Belarussian and Baltic Jewish music of the 19th and early 20th centuries at the event, along with Susan Hornstein, Donna Messer, David Schlossberg, Deborah Gerber and Tamara Freeman.
This program is sponsored by the Jewish Federation in the Heart of New Jersey, the East Brunswick Jewish Center and the Karma Foundation.
Location: East Brunswick Public Library - 2 Jean Walling Civic Center, East Brunswick, NJ 08816.
Audience: All ages.