Kibbitzing in the Cafés of the New World, with Shachar Pinsker

A Live, Online Event Recorded Via Zoom on September 17, 2020

Join author Shachar M. Pinsker for a multimedia presentation on the place of coffeehouses in the creation of modern Jewish culture from the mid-nineteenth to mid-twentieth centuries. Shachar’s book, A Rich Brew: How Cafés Created Modern Jewish Culture, tells the story of the role of the coffeehouse as central to the modern Jewish experience in a time of migration and urbanization, from Odessa, Warsaw, Vienna, and Berlin to New York City and Tel Aviv, and why Jews became their most devoted habitués.

Shachar Pinsker is a literary scholar and cultural historian with specialization in modern Hebrew and multilingual Jewish literature and culture in Israel, Europe, and America. He has a joint appointment as a professor of Middle East studies and Judaic studies at the University of Michigan.

MULTIMEDIA PRESENTATION | "Kibbitzing in the Cafés of the New World," with Shachar Pinsker

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