Food for Thought Lecture American Jewish Tercentenary: Making the Past Come Alive

Wednesday, January 1, 2003

Dr. Frederic Krome, managing editor of The American Jewish Archives Journal, will present “American Jewish Tercentenary: Making the Past Come Alive” at the next Food for Thought Luncheon Lecture. This lecture, which will include visual aides from The Jacob Rader Marcus Center of the American Jewish Archives, will take place at noon on Wednesday, January 15, 2003 at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion’s Mayerson Hall Auditorium, 3101 Clifton Avenue.

One of the consistent themes of the American Jewish tercentenary, which occurred in 1954, was the importance of bringing history to the public. Pursuant to this, a number of Jewish organizations commissioned filmstrips explaining different aspects of the American Jewish experience. This session will examine the messages that these filmstrips attempted to disseminate.

In addition to serving as the managing editor of The American Jewish Archives Journal, Dr. Krome is an academic associate of The Jacob Rader Marcus Center of the American Jewish Archives, the associate director of The Marcus Center Fellowship Program, an adjunct professor of history and Judaic studies at University of Cincinnati, and was recently appointed book review editor for the online discussion network H-JUDAIC. In 2002 he was named Library Journal’s outstanding book reviewer, non-fiction.

His publications include: “Creating ‘Jewish History for Our Own Needs:’ The Evolution of Cecil Roth’s Historical Vision, 1925-1935” in Modern Judaism (2001); “The True Glory and the Failure of Anglo-American Film Propaganda” in The Journal of Contemporary History (1998); “Tunisian Victory and Anglo-American Film Propaganda in World War II” in The Historian (1996); “Correspondence Between Martin Buber, Hans Kohn, Abraham Joshua Heschel, and Adolph Oko, 1939-44” in Jewish Culture and History 5, no. 1 (Summer 2002); as well as entries for various encyclopedias.

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 fascinating lecture with Dr. Fredric Krome. 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 a reservation contact Marcia Cruse, (513) 221-1875 ext. 353.

Located on the Cincinnati campus of Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, The Jacob Rader Marcus Center of the American Jewish Archives houses over ten million pages of documentation. It contains nearly 8,000 linear feet of archives, manuscripts, nearprint materials, photographs, audio and videotapes, microfilm, and genealogical materials. For more information about The Jacob Rader Marcus Center of the American Jewish Archives contact (513) 221-1875 ext. 403.


Founded in 1875, Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion is North America's leading institution of higher Jewish education and the academic, spiritual, and professional leadership development center of Reform Judaism. HUC-JIR educates men and women for service to North American and world Jewry as rabbis, cantors, educators, and nonprofit management professionals, and offers graduate programs to scholars and clergy of all faiths. With centers of learning in Cincinnati, Jerusalem, Los Angeles, and New York, HUC-JIR's scholarly resources comprise the renowned Klau Library, The Jacob Rader Marcus Center of the American Jewish Archives, research institutes and centers, and academic publications. In partnership with the Union for Reform Judaism and the Central Conference of American Rabbis, HUC-JIR sustains the Reform Movement's congregations and professional and lay leaders. HUC-JIR's campuses invite the community to cultural and educational programs illuminating Jewish heritage and fostering interfaith and multiethnic understanding. www.huc.edu