RIJHA to explore black-Jewish relations at Annual Meeting


Cheryl Greenberg, the Paul E. Raether Distinguished Professor of History at Trinity College, in Hartford, Connecticut, will be the guest speaker at the 63rd Annual Meeting of the R.I. Jewish Historical Association, on Sunday, April 28, at 2 p.m. at Temple Beth-El in Providence.


Greenberg will discuss recent events involving the black and Jewish communities and put them into the larger historical context in her talk, titled, “A History of Black/Jewish Relations and Why It Matters Now.” 

Greenberg is the author of four books, including “Troubling the Waters: Black-Jewish Relations in the American Century,” which won the Saul Viener Book Prize for the best book on American Jewish history. She has given talks on black-Jewish relations, as well as other topics, at universities and public venues on three continents.

The 2017-2018 Board of Directors and officers will also be installed during the meeting. The new board members are James Waters, a professor at Providence College, and Lauren Motola-Davis, an attorney and the managing partner for the Providence office of Lewis Brisbois.

The entire program is free and open to the public, and all are welcome. A social hour, with light refreshments, will follow the speaker. 

The Annual Meeting is part of the David Charak Adelman Memorial Program and is sponsored by the Arline Ruth Weinberg Memorial Fund.          

For more information about the Rhode Island Jewish Historical Association and its Annual Meeting, contact Joshua Jasper at 401-331-1360 or info@rijha.org. The office and library, with its extensive collections on Rhode Island Jewish history, is open to the public from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

JOSHUA JASPER is the executive director and librarian/archivist of the Rhode Island Jewish Historical Association.