Lakewood to present “From Shtetl to Ghetto: The Culture of the Lower East Side” 3/18

LAKEWOOD – The Ocean County Library’s Lakewood branch, 301 Lexington Ave., will present “From Shtetl to Ghetto: The Culture of the Lower East Side” by Leslie Fishbein, March 18 at 3 p.m.

Having fled persecution in the Old World, Eastern European Jews faced oppression in the New. If the Ashkenazim survived the exploitation of the sweatshop and the squalor of tenement life, they found new threats in the perils of prosperity and the pressures of acculturation.

Fishbein’s program examines how Jews adapted to life in the “golden medina” (golden land) and the price of their success.

Leslie Fishbein is Associate Professor of American Studies and Jewish Studies at Rutgers/The State University of New Jersey. She is on the Faculty Advisory Board of the Allen and Joan Bildner Center for the Study of Jewish Life at Rutgers and teaches such courses in Jewish Studies as The American Jewish Experience in Literature, Blacks and Jews in American History, and Jewish-American Women: Contested Lives.

She is the author of “Rebels in Bohemia: The Radicals of The Masses, 1911-1917” and has written articles that appeared in scholarly journals on Women’s Studies and history and film.

In 1986-1987 she served as a Fulbright Senior Lecturer at the University of Haifa in Israel.

The program is funded by the Horizons Speakers Bureau of the New Jersey Council for the Humanities, a state partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities. For more information about the Horizons Speakers Bureau visit

The program is free and open to the public but registration is required. To register telephone the branch at 732-363-1435 or go to the library Web site: , click on the “Events & News” icon, then click on “Calendar of Events.”


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