The Greenwich Historical Society is hosting “An American Odyssey: The Jewish Experience in Greenwich” from November 15 to April 15. It will explore the history of the Jews of Greenwich, Connecticut, within the broader context of the town’s history.
It begins with the question of why Jews chose to settle in Greenwich and how they gained an economic foothold. It explores the Jewish family experience of living and working in the town for more than a century and examines how they, like other immigrants, struggled with the pull to integrate into American society and yet also remain distinct. It also shows how they, and other minorities in Greenwich, contributed to the larger community despite experiencing periods of discrimination and restrictions on worship, employment, and housing opportunities. Dr. Ann Meyerson, a nationally recognized independent museum curator who most recently co-curated The First Jewish Americans: Freedom and Culture in the New World at the New York Historical Society, is the curator.
The society is at 39 Strickland Road in Cos Cob, Connecticut. For information, go to http://greenwichhistory.org/current.