2018 Conference Program

Southern Jewish Historical Society 43rd Annual Conference
Mobile, Alabama, October 26–28, 2018

Southern Jews, American Citizens

NEW FEATURE! For a detailed description of each presentation, see the attachment below.

Friday, Oct. 26
Sessions to be held at Spring Hill College
9:00-10:30 AM: Bus Tour of Mobile’s Jewish Sites
Panel 1 (11:00 AM-12:30 PM): “Answering the Needs of the Community: Jewish Benevolence in the South”
Chair: Diane Vecchio, Furman University
Cynthia Francis Gensheimer, Independent Scholar
     “Dear Cousin Nettie: A Jewish Family’s 19th-Century Work in Commerce and Benevolence”           
Marlene Trestman, Independent Scholar
     “The Ties that Bind: The Vital Relationship Between New Orleans’s Jewish Orphans’ Home and Alabama’s Jewish Communities”
Rosalind F. Hinton, Oral Historian, Newcomb College Institute, Tulane University
     “L’dor, v’dor, From Generation to Generation: Jewish Women and Their Impact on New Orleans”
12:30-1:45 PM: Lunch and Roy Hoffman, Journalist and Novelist
Panel 2 (2:00-3:30 PM): “Southern Jews as Advocates and Activists”
Chair: Ellen Umansky, Fairfield University
Leah C. Burnham, Georgia State University
     “‘All Men are Responsible for One Another’: Atlanta Jews and the Atlanta Federal Penitentiary During the Twentieth Century”
Josh Parshall, Goldring/Woldenberg Institute of Southern Jewish Life
     “Radical, Jewish, and American: Southern Arbeter Ring Members as Ambivalent Citizens”
Eric Morgenson, University at Albany, State University of New York
     “Memories of Richmond: Murray Friedman in the South, 1954-1959”
3:45-4:15 PM: Presentation by Mobile Christian-Jewish Dialogue Board
5:45 PM: Shabbat Services at Springhill Avenue Temple
6:30 PM: Dinner at Springhill Avenue Temple followed by Keynote Address, Beeber Family Speaker Series of the Helen M. Stern Memorial Fund—Jeffrey Rosen, The George Washington University Law School, “Louis Brandeis as a Southern Jew”
Saturday, Oct. 27
Sessions to be held at University of South Alabama
Panel 3 (9:30-10:30 AM): “Balancing Local and Jewish Identities: Two Jewish Communities”
Chair: Michele Strong, University of South Alabama
Philip Spivey, University of Central Arkansas
     “Concordia: Gender, Race, and Class Conflicts Outside and Within Arkansas's First Jewish Social Club”
Kyle Stanton, University at Albany, State University of New York
     “Houston, Not Jerusalem: Congregation Beth Israel’s Challenge to Reform Judaism and American Jewish Identity”
Panel 4 (10:45 AM-12:15 PM): “A Chosen Calling: Three Mensches of Mobile”
Chair: Demetrius Semien, Spring Hill College
Susan W. Thomas, Archivist, Springhill Avenue Temple
     “Captain Leon Schwarz: Citizen Soldier, Civic Leader, and Consummate Patriot in Turn-of-the-Century Mobile”
Dana Evan Kaplan, Rabbi, Springhill Avenue Temple
     “Rabbi Alfred G. Moses of Mobile, Alabama and the Development of Jewish Science in the Early Twentieth Century”
Steve Krause, Independent Scholar
     “Mobile, Alabama – in the Land of the Almost Possible: Notes from a 1966 Interview with Rabbi P. Irving Bloom” 
Panel 5 (1:45-3:30 PM): “Jewish Soldiers and the American South, At Home and Abroad”
Chair: Hollace Weiner, Independent Scholar
Shari Rabin, College of Charleston, and Adam Domby, College of Charleston
     “Lies and Loyalties: The True Story of a Rabbi Conman and the American Civil War”
Jessica Cooperman, Muhlenberg College
     “Jacob Rader Marcus, WWI Soldier”
David Weinfeld, Virginia Commonwealth University
     “Saul Viener’s Australian Adventure”
4:00-5:00 PM: The Helen M. Stern Cultural Encounter—Judah Cohen, Indiana University Bloomington, and musical presentations by Laura Moore (piano) and Thomas Rowell (tenor), University of South Alabama
5:30-6:30 PM: Meet the Authors and Reception
Eric Goldstein (Emory University) and Deborah R. Weiner (Independent Scholar), On Middle Ground: A History of the Jews of Baltimore (Johns Hopkins University Press)
James L. Moses (Arkansas Tech University), Just and Righteous Causes: Rabbi Ira Sanders and the Fight for Racial and Social Justice in Arkansas, 1926-1963 (University of Arkansas Press)
Shari Rabin (College of Charleston), Jews on the Frontier: Religion and Mobility in Nineteenth-Century America (NYU Press)
Paula Webb (University of South Alabama), Mobile Under Siege: Surviving the Union Blockade (The History Press)
Sunday, Oct. 28
Sessions to be held at conference hotel
8:45-9:45 AM: SJHS Membership Meeting
Panel 6 (10:00-11:30 AM): “Patriotism and Human Rights in World War II”
Chair: David Messenger, University of South Alabama
Edward S. Shapiro, Seton Hall University
     “Rabbis Alexander Goode and Sidney Lefkowitz and World War II”
Joshua J. Furman, Rice University
     “Hidden Stars: The Story of the Beth Jacob Banner”
Marilyn Grace Miller, Tulane University
     “Jewish Citizens Internees in the American South, 1942-1946”