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Sit a Spell: Virtual Southern Summer Series

July 26 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

Sit a Spell: Virtual Southern Summer Series is a free, three-part, online lecture series exploring the lives and impacts of three lesser-known Southern Jewish figures who played a part in 20th century history. Kick back in the comfort of your own home, relax with a lemonade or sweet tea, and learn at your leisure! Sign up for one, two, or all three lectures.

Stanley Stein and The Star: Tales of Louisiana’s Leprosarium
Friday, July 26 at 12pm Central
On National Disability Independence Day, we’ll share the story of Jewish Texan leprosy patient Stanley Stein, who was admitted to Louisiana’s National Leprosarium in 1931, a time when patients suffering from Hansen’s Disease were generally shunned by society and quarantined for life in leprosy hospitals. Elizabeth Schexnyder, curator of the National Hansen’s Disease Museum in Carville, LA, shares how Stein launched a patient-run newspaper called “The Star”, which gave a voice to leprosy patients worldwide, publicized new drug treatments, and helped reduce the millennia-old stigma of the disease.

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A Southern Jew Boycotts Hitler’s Olympics: The Herman Neugass Story
Wednesday, July 31 at 12pm Central
In the mid-1930s, Tulane University’s Herman Neugass was one of the fastest runners on earth. When a letter came from Avery Brundage, president of the US Olympic Committee, inviting him to try out for the 1936 Olympics, hosted in Adolf Hitler’s Berlin, Herman had big choices to make. Join our executive director Kenneth Hoffman for a conversation with Richard Neugass, Herman’s son, about one man’s victories, defeats, and decisions made in the face of world events and personal conscience.

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Jack Ruby: The Many Faces of Lee Harvey Oswald’s Jewish Assassin
Wednesday, August 7th at 6pm Central
Jack Ruby changed history with one bold, violent action: killing accused presidential assassin Lee Harvey Oswald on live TV two days after the November 22, 1963, murder of President John F. Kennedy. But who was Jack Ruby—and how did he come to be in that spot on that day? Cultural historian Danny Fingeroth discusses his new book Jack Ruby: The Many Faces of Oswald’s Assassin. The book includes interviews with Hillel Silverman, the legendary Dallas rabbi who visited Ruby regularly in prison and who was witness to Ruby’s descent into madness, as well as with Ruby family members and associates. 

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July 26
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm


Museum of the Southern Jewish Experience
818 Howard Ave. New Orleans, LA 70113
New Orleans | USA, 70113 United States
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