Osher Lifelong Learning Institute

The Litvaks: A History of the Jews of Lithuania


Price for Members: $60
Price for Non-Members: $90
Date/Time: Tues., Mar. 30, Apr. 6, 13, 20 & 27   10:30 am – 12:30 pm
Instructor: Ken Blady, M.A., Educational Psychology, CSUEB, lecturer in history
Location: ONLINE

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Course Description

Mr. Blady presents another overview of the history of world Jewry.  This time he surveys for us the origins of Lithuanian Jewry including early migrations into Lithuania, Vilna: the “Jerusalem” of Eastern European Jewry.  We examine the world of the Lithuanian shtetl.  Challenges between the Litvaks and the Galicianers, the Czarist annexation of Eastern Europe and the Lithuanian Pale of Settlement. As well, we explore Lithuania’s greatest rabbis: Elijah the Gaon of Vilna, Yisrael Meir Kagan, a.k.a. the Chafetz Chaim, Abraham Isaac Kook, Chief Rabbi of Palestine, the Soloveitchik dynasty, Aaron Kotler and Eliezer Schach; Israel Salanter and ideas and events such as Mussar (Ethics and Morality) Movement; the assassination of Czar Alexander II, the May Laws and the stampede to America; the rise of the Bund and Jewish radicalism; Lithuanian Jewry between two world wars, the Nazis annihilation of Lithuanian Jewry and finally, Lithuanian Jewry in the post-Soviet period.  Here’s another intriguing chapter in the history of the Jewish people from Mr. Blady.



Event Details

Date: 2021-03-30

Start time: 10:30 a.m.

End time: 12:30 p.m.



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