Samson in Vienna: The Theatrics of Jewish Masculinity
Dr. Sharon Gillerman, Associate Professor of Jewish History at Hebrew Union
College-Jewish Institute of Religion in Los Angeles and adjunct Assistant Professor
of History at University of Southern California, will present “Samson
in Vienna: The Theatrics of Jewish Masculinity” at the next Food for Thought
Luncheon Lecture. This special Monday presentation of Food for Thought will
take place at noon on March 3, 2003 at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute
of Religion’s Mayerson Hall Auditorium, 3101 Clifton Avenue.
During this fascinating lecture, Dr. Gillerman will focus on the career of
Zishe Breitbart, the Polish Jewish strongman and vaudeville performer who was
billed as “The Strongest Man in the World” in the 1920’s.
“This New Samson” performed remarkable feats of strength through
bending iron and biting through iron chains, and attracted a mass following
in Berlin, Vienna, New York, Prague, and Warsaw. Breitbart’s reception
by Jewish and non-Jewish audiences in Europe and the United States will also
Dr. Gillerman received her doctorate in history from UCLA in 1996
and wrote her dissertation on the crisis of the Jewish family during
the Weimar Republic. Her other research interests include gender
and Jewish history, the history of the family, and the history of
Berlin. She has published articles on the German-Jewish family,
the history of Holocaust education, and Holocaust memorialization.
Currently, she is working on her book, Redeeming the Jewish
Family: Social Policy and Regeneration in the Weimar Republic.
In addition to teaching at HUC-JIR and USC, Dr. Gillerman has also
taught at Brandeis University, UCLA, and the University of Hamburg.
In its thirteenth season, Food For Thought features scholars and members of
the HUC-JIR community who discuss their fields of interest, expertise, and recent
research with the public. The Department of Outreach Education invites the community
to attend this lecture with Dr. Sharon Gillerman. A hot buffet lunch will be
available for $8; reservations are necessary. There is a $2 fee to attend the
lecture only. To learn more about Food For Thought, the Department of Outreach
Education of HUC-JIR, or to make reservation contact Marcia Cruse, (513) 221-1875