Levy Series: Professor Joshua Furman

June 13, 2023 @ 10:30 am – 1:30 pm
Nakoma Country Club
4145 Country Club Road
Paul Borowsky
Join us for the Levy Summer Series! Presented in partnership with Jeffrey C. Levy, each event will feature an engaging scholar, artist, or community leader speaking over a broad range of topics of interest. The presentation will be followed by an elegant lunch. This is a ticketed event. Scholarships are available. Check back for details on how to register!

“Another Promised Land? A Texan Perspective on Southern Jewish History”
Professor Joshua Furman 

Associate Director of the Program in Jewish Studies at Rice University in Houston, where he also serves as curator of the Joan and Stanford Alexander South Texas Jewish Archives.  
10:30-11am: check-in
11:00-12:30pm: presentation
12:30-1:30pm: lunch
Cream of asparagus soup, dinner rolls & mini muffinsChoice of entree: Atlantic Salmon stuffed with Shiitake mushrooms & spinach, wild mushroom cream sauce or Tofu Poke Bowl with veggies, ginger soy sauce, and sesame seeds, honey glazed carrots, Dauphinoise potatoes. 

“There are Jews in Texas?”  Nearly forty years ago, the documentary film West of Hester Street attempted to shed light on the history of Jews in Texas by narrating the story of the Galveston Movement, a project that brought almost 10,000 Jews to the United States via the port on Galveston Island in the years before World War I.   

Today, Texas Jewish history and the larger history of Jews and Jewish communities across the southern United States are enjoying a 21st-century renaissance, as evidenced by the work of the Institute for Southern Jewish Life in Mississippi, the formation of the Joan and Stanford Alexander South Texas Jewish Archives at Rice University in 2018, and the opening of the new Museum of the Southern Jewish Experience in New Orleans.  Nevertheless, outside of Texas and the Deep South, Jews who have made this region their home remain something of an obscure curiosity.