B'nai Sholom

Reform Congregation

Albany, NY

Yom Rishon, 7 Iyyar 5778


on Wednesday, 13 December 2017. Posted in Frontpage

Harvey StrumHow the Capital Region’s Jewish community was impacted by World War I will be the subject of a “Synagogue Scholars” talk at B’nai Sholom Reform Congregation by Sage Colleges professor and B’nai Sholom congregant Dr. Harvey Strum.

Strum will deliver his talk immediately following the congregation’s Shabbat service Friday, Jan. 12, 2018.  The service and program, open to all who wish to worship and learn, begin at 8 p.m.  B’nai Sholom is located at 420 Whitehall Road, Albany, New York.             

Strum’s talk will focus on three major issues: fund-raising for war relief to aid the displaced Jews of Eastern Europe and Palestine; the growth of Zionism in the Jewish community and the conflict with anti-Zionists led by the leadership of the neighboring Congregation Beth Emeth; and the search for an American identity by supporting the war effort.  Strum also will touch on how the Jewish community reacted to pogroms in Poland, Ukraine and Palestine between 1917 and 1929.

Strum has taught history and political science at the Sage Colleges for 31 years.  From 1998 to 2006, he worked on several exhibitions on the history of Jewish farmers and the history of Jews in Troy, Albany and Schenectady.  His article on Schenectady Jewish immigrants is published online at the New York History Review and his article on the impact of World War I appeared in Hudson River Valley Review in spring 2016.  Strum holds doctoral and master’s degrees from Syracuse University and a second master’s degree from Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario.

Begun in 2004, the “Synagogue Scholars” lecture series spotlights individuals in the Capital Region Jewish community who are recognized scholars in their fields.  Next on the schedule:

  • Feb. 9 – Martha Rozett, professor of English at the University at Albany, will lead a book discussion on Their Promised Land:  My Grandparents in Love and War by Ian Buruma.

For more information, visit www.bnaisholomalbany.org or contact the B’nai Sholom office at 518-482-5283 or office@bnaisholom.albany.ny.us.

Founded in 1971, B’nai Sholom Reform Congregation in Albany is a home for contemporary Reform Judaism in the Capital Region.  More than 130 diverse households from six counties seek religious, educational and social fulfillment at B’nai Sholom.


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