Encyclopedia of Jewish History and Culture Online

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From Europe to America to the Middle East, North Africa and other non-European Jewish settlement areas the Encyclopedia of Jewish History and Culture covers the recent history of the Jews from 1750 until the 1950s.

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Author(s): Brown Lavitt, Pamela
Eclectic genre of entertainment theatre that provided the most popular form of entertainment in North America from the 1880s to the emergence of talking films and radio in the 1920s. Its heyday coincided with a mass influx of immigrants into the United States, among them four million Jews from Eastern Europe. Initially the preserve of long-established Americans of Anglo-Saxon extraction, vaudeville increasingly attracted Jewish performers, song writers, music publishers, and theatre manag…
Date: 2023-10-31


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Author(s): Deventer, Jörg
Spiritual and cultural center of Italian Jewry in the early modern period with European-wide influence. The city of lagoons, scene of the notional coinage “ghetto” in the early 16th century as the designation for a closed Jewish residential quarter, had, in the world of the premodern Italian states, the role of a model for the way secular authorities dealt with Jews in an urban context.1. History of the settlement and spreadThe presence of Jews in Venice is attested since the early 14th century. Except for a settlement privilege granted for ten years in 1387, un…
Date: 2023-10-31

Verein für Cultur und Wissenschaft der Juden

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Author(s): von der Krone, Kerstin
The Verein für Cultur und Wissenschaft der Juden (Society for the Culture and Science of the Jews), founded in Berlin in 1819 and active until 1824, served a new generation of Jewish scholars and intellectuals as an academic and social forum and is regarded as the first institution of the Wissenschaft des Judentums. Its members were among the first Jewish students at Berlin University and were influenced substantially by the Haskalah, classical studies, and German idealism. In view of the…
Date: 2023-10-31