History of French Jewry
Tuesdays 10:30 AM - 11:45 AM Starting October 8 (Eight Weeks)
During the Roman period, a Jewish presence existed in France. After the Romans conquered Jerusalem, boats filled with Jewish captives landed in Bordeaux, Arles and Lyons. Jewish communities organized in the 1st-5th Century. Anti-Semitism was rampant for centuries. The Talmud was put on trial; Rashi, one of our greatest scholars and commentators, emerged; and Napoleon made life a bit easier. From the Dreyfus Affair to the Holocaust, Jewish life managed to flourish. The Jews contributed a great deal to France culture. Instructor: Marden Paru; $70.