Jews on the Move: How Migration, Supported by Philanthropy, Remade and Continues to Remake the Modern Jewish World.

Saturday, January 21, 2022 at 5:00PM in the Chapel

Baron Maurice de Hirsch was one of the emblematic figures of the nineteenth Century and the most influential Jewish philanthropist of his time.  Today Hirsch is less well known that the Rothchilds, or his counterpart Andrew Carnegie, yet, he was to his contemporaries, the very embodiment of the guilded age of Jewish philanthropy and politics in the mate nineteenth century, a period when, as now, private benefactors played an outside role in shaping the collective fate of Jewish communities.

Join us as UC Irvine historian Matthias Lehmann discusses his new biography of Baron Hirsch with Chapman historian Shira Klein, in an event moderator by Joel Kotkin.  Together they will explore how philanthropy and mass migration forever remade the modern Jewish world and discuss what’s happening now.

Matthias Lehamn is the Teller Family Chair in Jewish History at the University of California, Irvine.  An elected member of the American Academy of Jewish Research, his recent publication is Baron: Maurice de Hirsch and the Jewish Nineteenth Century (Standford, 2022) as well as Jews and the Mediterranean with Jessica Marglin (Indiana, 2020), as well as other publications.

Shira Klein is associate professor of History at Chapman University.  Her book Italy’s Jews from Emancipation to Fascism (Cambridge University Press), was selected as a finalist for the 2018 National Jewish Book Award.  The book uncovers the Italian Jewish experience from the late nineteenth century to the Holocaust and postwar years.

Joel Kotkin is presidential fellow and executive director of the Center for Demographics and Policy at Chapman University and author of The Coming of Neo Feudalism: A Warning to the Global Middle Class.  He is a contributing editor to numerous publication and editor of the website

This program will begin at 5:00 in the Chapel, followed by a reception at 6:00 in the living room with a book signing with Matthias Lehmann and refreshments.

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