WBEZ | Tobias Brinkmann http://www.wbez.org/tags/tobias-brinkmann Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Germans vs. Russians: The Origins of Chicago's Organized Jewish Community 1859-1923 http://www.wbez.org/series/chicago-amplified/germans-vs-russians-origins-chicagos-organized-jewish-community-1859-1923 <p><p><strong>Tobias Brinkmann </strong>speaks about Chicago&rsquo;s Jewish community from the founding of the United Hebrew Relief Association in 1859 to the creation of Jewish Charities of Chicago in 1923, a time when organizations that served &ldquo;German&rdquo; (Central European) Jews merged with those that served &ldquo;Russian&rdquo; (Eastern European) Jews. Dr. Brinkmann&#39;s discussion assessed the highly charged conflicts between established members of the community and more recent immigrants, conflicts that had much to do with social status and assimilation and little to do with actual origins.</p><p>Dr. Tobias Brinkmann is Associate Professor of Jewish Studies and History at Penn State University. He is a member of the Academic Council of the American Jewish Historical Society and the Board of the Leo Baeck Institute in London. His most recent publication is Sundays at Sinai: A Jewish Congregation in Chicago.</p><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/SI-webstory_4.jpg" style="float: left;" title="" /></div><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><br />Recorded live Saturday, April 21, 2013 at Spertus.&nbsp;</p><p><strong>Download a PDF of Dr. Brinkmann&#39;s presentation below.&nbsp;</strong></p></p> Sun, 21 Apr 2013 10:21:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/series/chicago-amplified/germans-vs-russians-origins-chicagos-organized-jewish-community-1859-1923 Sundays at Sinai: A Jewish Congregation in Chicago http://www.wbez.org/series/chicago-amplified/sundays-sinai-jewish-congregation-chicago-105642 <p><p>First established 150 years ago, Chicago Sinai is one of America&rsquo;s oldest Reform Jewish congregations. Its founders were upwardly mobile and civically committed men and women, founders and partners of banks and landmark businesses like Hart Schaffner &amp; Marx, Sears &amp; Roebuck, and the giant meatpacking firm Morris &amp; Co. As modern Jews, Sinai&rsquo;s members supported and led civic institutions and participated actively in Chicago politics. Perhaps most radically, their Sunday services, introduced in 1874 and still celebrated today, became a hallmark of the congregation.</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F80123940" width="100%"></iframe></p><div>The author of&nbsp;<em>Sundays at Sinai</em>, <strong>Tobias Brinkmann</strong>, will discuss&nbsp;with <strong>Daniel Greene</strong>, Vice President for Research and Academic Programs at the Newberry and author of <em>The Jewish Origins of Cultural Pluralism: The Menorah Association and American Diversity</em>. They will consider, among other things, how Tobias Brinkmann brings modern Jewish history, immigration, urban history, and religious history together to trace the roots of radical Reform Judaism from across the Atlantic to this rapidly growing American metropolis. &nbsp;Brinkmann shines a light on the development of an urban reform congregation, illuminating Chicago Sinai&rsquo;s practices and history, and its contribution to Christian-Jewish dialogue in the United States. Chronicling Chicago Sinai&rsquo;s radical beginnings in antebellum Chicago to the present, <em>Sundays at Sinai</em> is the extraordinary story of a leading Jewish Reform congregation in one of America&rsquo;s great cities.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/TNL-webstory_2.jpg" title="" /></div></div><div>Recorded live Tuesday, December 18, 2012 at The Newberry Library.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Wed, 20 Feb 2013 15:54:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/series/chicago-amplified/sundays-sinai-jewish-congregation-chicago-105642