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

Jews in Britain with Trudy Gold **Extra Lecture ADDED ON**

Jews in UK  1600s-1880’s-  including the rise and influence of the Disraeli Family

Benjamin ‘Dizzy’ Disraeli was the son of Isaac, a Jewish Italian writer, and had an Anglican upbringing after the age of 12. With Jews excluded from Parliament until 1858, this enabled Disraeli to follow a career that would otherwise have been denied him. He was Britain’s first, and so far only, Jewish Prime Minister.

 

This is an extra lecture ADDED ON! Oct 26: Jews in UK 1600s – 1880’s – including the rise and influence of the Disraeli Family

The Wandering Jews with Trudy Gold

Incarceration in the East

In 1815 the Polish Lithuanian Commonwealth was divided up by its neighbours, Prussia, Austria, and Russia. It had once been home to the largest Jewish community in the world. The majority of them became subjects of the autocratic czarist empire. Trapped by new masters this presentation will tell the story of their lives in the empire.

In the series:

Sept. 7: Incarceration in the East
Sept. 14: 1881 to 1914 the great exodus
Sept. 21: Journey to America
Sept. 28: Journey to the UK
Oct. 12: Fleeing to South America

The Wandering Jews with Trudy Gold

1881 to 1914 the great exodus

Under the Czars the Jews were confined by edict to the western edge of the Empire, hated by the Russian Orthodox Church and at the mercy of officialdom.

In 1881, Czar Alexander II was assassinated and in this period of instability and repression Jews became a target of hatred, murder, and destruction of property.

The situation so deteriorated that by the eve of World War I, 40% of the Jews of the Empire had found new homes. What options could  they face & where could they go?

In the series:

Sept. 7: Incarceration in the East
Sept. 14: 1881 to 1914 the great exodus
Sept. 21: Journey to America
Sept. 28: Journey to the UK
Oct. 12: Fleeing to South America

The Wandering Jews with Trudy Gold

Journey to America

How did the Jews get to America? From the first Jews who settled there to George Washington and his funding of the Revolution from Jewish financiers….

In the series:

Sept. 7: Incarceration in the East
Sept. 14: 1881 to 1914 the great exodus
Sept. 21: Journey to America
Sept. 28: Journey to the UK
Oct. 12: Fleeing to South America

The Wandering Jews with Trudy Gold

Journey to the UK

The origins of the Jewish community in Britain. The blood libel / the rise of the merchant class – expulsion and acceptance. What was the Anglo-Jewish community like?

In the series:

Sept. 7: Incarceration in the East
Sept. 14: 1881 to 1914 the great exodus
Sept. 21: Journey to America
Sept. 28: Journey to the UK
Oct. 12: Journey to America from 1650-1881

The Wandering Jews with Trudy Gold

Journey to America 1600’s – 1881*

In 1654, the first group of Jews came as refugees from Recife, Brazil to New Amsterdam, which became New York City. Over the years, German, Sephardic and Ashkenazi Jews continued to arrive, playing an important part in the city’s history and cultural life.

Please note time change! 5pm!

In the series:

Sept. 7: Incarceration in the East
Sept. 14: 1881 to 1914 the great exodus
Sept. 21: Journey to America
Sept. 28: Journey to the UK
Oct. 12: Journey to America 1600’s – 1881

*Changed from Fleeing to South America – To be scheduled in 2023

ADD ON! Oct 26: Jews in UK 1600s – 1880’s – including the rise and influence of the Disraeli Family