Lunch and Learn: History of Modern Antisemitism 🙋

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Lunch and Learn: History of Modern Antisemitism 🙋


Tuesday, Feb 6, 2024
12:30 pm - 2:00 pm
Stephen Wise Free Synagogue

Sadly, the topic of antisemitism is even more relevant than it was a year ago. Join Cantor Bruce Ruben in a two-session class to explore primary sources together and consider the historical context for the events we are living through today.

The False Promise of Modernization: The Early Modern Period was a period of secularization: the rise of science, new economic, political, and philosophical systems that moved Europe towards a more secular, neutral society. Could Jews finally find toleration and even citizenship in this modernizing world? Tragically, a secular and more virulent form of antisemitism developed that would set the stage for the Holocaust…



A notable musician with compositions published by G. Schirmer, Dr. Ruben was cantor at Temple Shaaray Tefila for 24 years,
served at Brooklyn Heights Synagogue, and is now fulfilling his cantorial duties at Sinai Temple in Massachusetts.
As an educator, he has published articles on Jewish music and Reform Jewish history, taught adult and college classes
on subjects ranging from Jewish history, liturgy, and music, to comparative religion and mysticism, and was director of the
Debbie Friedman School of Sacred Music. Dr. Ruben teaches Jewish history at Hunter and b’nai mitzvah students at Central Synagogue.
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