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ASU Jewish Studies, with support from the Harold and Jean Grossman Chair in Jewish Studies, Arizona Jewish Historical Society, and Rosenbluth Family Foundation presents stunning images by award-winning photographer Wyatt Gallery highlighting the fascinating and little-known history of the earliest Jewish communities in the New World, as seen through the remaining historic sites in Barbados, Curaçao, Jamaica, Nevis, St. Croix, St. Thomas, St. Eustatius, and Suriname. These synagogues and Jewish cemeteries—the oldest in the Western Hemisphere—reveal the strength of the Jewish people and the surprisingly diverse cultural history of the Caribbean.
For information about exhibit hours call (602) 241-7870.
January 12 | 7 p.m. | exhibit opening
Short lecture, photographs, music, reception and an evening with the photographer.
February 13 | 7 p.m. | book club
ASU professor Stanley Mirvis will lead a conversation about Edward Kritzler’s highly popular, and highly controversial, book Jewish Pirates of the Caribbean. Were there really Jewish pirates of the Caribbean? Did they exist in the way Kritzler represents them?
March 26 | 7 p.m. | closing lecture
Resplendent Things: How the Art and Architecture of Caribbean Jews Changed American History
Laura Arnold Leibman of Reed College introduces the rich visual legacy left behind by the largest, best-educated, and wealthiest Jewish American communities—all located in the Caribbean prior to 1830—and why its significance to American Jewish history.