Edith Frankel, Ph.D.
An examination of the fascinating proliferation of Jewish communities from the very beginnings of the Diaspora. These settlements began and thrived in various corners of the globe before and outside the principal historic Jewish centers of the Russian and Habsburg empires. Explore the roots of the Diaspora, the places where Jews settled once they left the Holy Land, and how the communities survived over the centuries. This series of interdisciplinary lectures include The Beginnings of the Diaspora: Early settlements after the destruction of the First and Second Temples and The Golden Age of Spanish Jewry. The Jews of the Ottoman Empire: Ancient Jews of the Byzantine empire and the influx of more Jews after the Inquisition. The Jews of India: Their story and their various origins. Social, religious, and economic life in India as Jews. The Jews of China: Who were they in the beginning? The later influx of other Jews after the Opium Wars, after the Russian revolutions, and, finally, before World War II. 4 SESSIONS