The Jews of Russia with Trudy Gold

Classi Lectures together with the Jewish Genealogical Society of Toronto bring you…

Jewish life in Russia 1881-1914

For those who stayed what were the challenges and potential solutions? The “Safety“ of the community, Revolutionary activity, Bundism or Zionism?

In the series:
Nov. 29: From Catherine the Great to Alexander I
Dec. 6: Alexander II – The Czar Liberator
Dec. 13: From Poverty to Flight
Dec. 20: Jewish life in Russia 1881-1914

Added lectures:
Jan. 17: Russia 1914-1921
Jan. 24: Stalin and the Jews

The Jews of Russia with Trudy Gold

Classi Lectures together with the Jewish Genealogical Society of Toronto bring you…

From Poverty to Flight

1881 marked the assassination of Alexander II. The Jews were the scapegoats. Between 1881-1914 over 40 percent of the Community left. Pogroms and poverty caused them to find New Worlds.

In the series:
Nov. 29: From Catherine the Great to Alexander I
Dec. 6: Alexander II – The Czar Liberator
Dec. 13: From Poverty to Flight
Dec. 20: Jewish life in Russia 1881-1914

Two added lectures
Jan. 17: Russia 1914 – 1921
Jan. 24: Stalin and the Jews

The Jews of Russia with Trudy Gold

Classi Lectures together with the Jewish Genealogical Society of Toronto bring you…

Alexander II – The Czar Liberator

In his desire to modernise his vast backward Empire, Alexander extended more freedom to his minorities, including the Jews. Would they withstand the lure of a New Russia?

In the series:
Nov. 29: From Catherine the Great to Alexander I
Dec. 6: Alexander II – The Czar Liberator
Dec. 13: From Poverty to Flight
Dec. 20: Jewish life in Russia 1881-1914

The Jews of Russia with Trudy Gold

Classi Lectures together with the Jewish Genealogical Society of Toronto bring you…

This four-week series will focus on the story of the Jewish people, confined to the “Pale of Settlement” as they attempted to survive and adapt to their hostile environment. Beginning in 1772 and culminating in 1815 the Polish/Lithuanian Commonwealth ceased to exist. The Jewish communities had new masters, with the majority under Russian rule.

19th Century Russia was the largest land Empire in the world – the Tsar was an autocrat – the Russian Orthodox Church all powerful – the nobility controlling vast estates and the majority of the population serfs.

From Catherine the Great to Alexander I

The Czars, by acquiring vast tracts of land also acquired what they considered to be an alien people. They applied various methods to break the community, some seductive, others cruel, including the Cantonist System. This meant young Jewish boys were conscripted into the Russian Army for 31 years. The Jews themselves had to decide whose sons should go.

In the series:
Nov. 29: From Catherine the Great to Alexander I
Dec. 6: Alexander II – The Czar Liberator
Dec. 13: From Poverty to Flight
Dec. 20: Jewish life in Russia 1881-1914