Dr. Michael A. Meyer to Lecture at Hunter College, NY, November 16, 11 a.m.
HUNTER COLLEGE OF THE CITY UNIVERSITY OF NEW YORK
The Jewish Social Studies Program, the History Department,
Temple B'nai Abraham of Livingston, New Jersey, and the Leo Baeck Institute
invite you to attend an Ann Bass Schneider Lecture in Jewish Studies
Michael A. Meyer
From Nazi Germany to Newark, New Jersey:
The Extraordinary Career of Joachim Prinz
Michael A . Meyer is Adolph S. Ochs Professor of Jewish History at the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in Cincinnati. He is author of Origins of the Modern Jew: Jewish Identity and European Culture in Germany 1749-1824, Response to Modernity: A History of the Reform Movement in Judaism, Jewish Identity in the Modern World, and a collection of his essays entitled Judaism Within Modernity. Besides his many essays and reviews, he is editor of Ideas of Jewish History and other works. He edited and contributed to the four-volume German Jewish History in Modern Times published by Columbia University Press.
Professor Meyer is a former President of the Association for Jewish Studies, the Academic Advisory Council of the Center for Jewish History in New York, and is currently International President of the Leo Baeck Institute. Among his many honors is an honorary doctorate of Hebrew Letters from the Jewish Theological Seminary of America. His edition of Joachim Prinz, Rebellious Rabbi is being published in November 2007.
From the publication announcement of Indiana University Press, publisher of Rebellious Rabbi: Joachim Prinz burst on to the Berlin scene, a 23-year-old rabbi and gifted orator with a radical approach to the pulpit -- a counterpoint to his staid conservative colleagues. Early to comprehend the Nazi threat, he urged Jews to leave Germany and was himself expelled in 1937. For the next 40 years he brought the same energy and independent thinking to an American congregation, Temple B'nai Abraham, and to his leadership of Jewish organizations. His life-long commitment to civil rights culminated in his 1963 March on Washington speech. Joachim Prinz's autobiography, Rebellious Rabbi covers his years in Germany through the early years in the United States.
Introduction: Robert M. Seltzer, Director of the Jewish Social Studies Program
Friday, November 16, 2007
11:00 to 12:30 P.M.
Room W217, the West Building of Hunter College
(southwest corner of 68th Street and Lexington Avenue)
Students, faculty, alumni, and members of the community are welcome. A reception will be held afterwards.
Indiana University Press is pleased to announce the recent publication of:
JOACHIM PRINZ, REBELLIOUS RABBI
An Autobiography–the German and Early American Years
Edited and introduced by Michael A. Meyer
"Fascinating reading...a rare case where a public figure opens the doors widely to his private life...truly unique for the light it throws on the atmosphere among Jews in pre-Nazi and Nazi Germany." –Michael Brenner, author of After the Holocaust: Rebuilding Jewish Lives in Postwar Germany
Joachim Prinz was one of the most extraordinary and innovative figures in modern Jewish history. Never one for conformity, Prinz developed and modeled a new rabbinical role that set him apart from his colleagues in Weimar Germany and later in the United States. Prinz's autobiography, superbly introduced and annotated by Michael A. Meyer, offers a fascinating glimpse into the life and personality of this unconventional and influential rabbi.
320 pages, 18 black & white photos
978-0-253-34939-2, cloth $34.95
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