Bildner Center director to talk on Enlightenment Berlin for Trachenberg lecture
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Bildner Center director to talk on Enlightenment Berlin for Trachenberg lecture

Dr. Nancy Sinkoff (Courtesy 
Temple Emeth)
Dr. Nancy Sinkoff (Courtesy Temple Emeth)

Dr. Nancy Sinkoff, the academic director of the Allen and Joan Bildner Center for the Study of Jewish Life at Rutgers University, discusses “How Enlightened was Enlightenment Berlin?” for Temple Emeth’s annual Rabbi Joshua Trachtenberg Memorial lecture. The Teaneck synagogue presents the talk on Zoom, on Sunday, October 10, at 11 a.m.

Berlin, known as an enlightened metropolis in late eighteenth-century Europe, was home to Christians and Jews. Its “court Jews” included the Itzig family, whose members took advantage of the culture supported by the Emperor Frederick the Great. Sara (Itzig) Levy, an accomplished harpsichordist and musical collector who enjoyed a particularly close relationship with the Bach family, was a salon hostess who created spaces for Christian-Jewish relations through music.

The lecture will explore Sara Levy’s life, the historical complexities of Christian-Jewish relations, and the legacy of Bach’s anti-Judaism for musical and German history.

These themes are at the center of Lauren Belfer’s 2016 novel, “And After the Fire,” which won a National Jewish Book Award and is at the center of the synagogue’s “One Book, One Synagogue” program.

For the link, call (201) 833-1322, email smercado@emeth.org, or go to emeth.org.

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