Book talk by Sandra Fox, author of "The Jews of Summer: Summer Camp and Jewish Culture."
In the decades directly following the Holocaust, American Jewish leaders anxiously debated how to preserve and produce what they considered authentic Jewish culture, fearful that growing affluence and suburbanization threatened the future of Jewish life. Many communal educators and rabbis contended that without educational interventions, Judaism as they understood it would disappear altogether. They pinned their hopes on residential summer camps for Jewish youth: institutions that sprang up across the U.S. in the postwar decades as places for children and teenagers to socialize, recreate, and experience Jewish culture.
Sponsor: Jewish Historical Society of Greater Hartford, Maurice Greenberg Center for Judaic Studies, UCONN Judaic Studies Program