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zondag 12 mei 2013

Autonomous Minority: The Jewish Community of Suriname

Aviva Ben-Ur

Communal autonomy in medieval and early modern Christian Europe was the essential condition of Jewish life. Jewish self-rule was extended to Brazil and the Caribbean under English and Dutch rule, but the rights, privileges, and exemptions Jews enjoyed in the Dutch colony of Suriname far surpassed any status achieved in Europe or in the New World. From the perspective of many Surinamese Jews, communal autonomy represented the pinnacle of Jewish existence in the diaspora, ‘the most precious thing we have in this prolonged captivity.’ This lecture explores the nature of Jewish communal autonomy in Suriname from the 1650s until its dissolution in 1825

Aviva Ben-Ur is Associate Professor in the Department of Judaic and Near Eastern Studies at the University of Massachusetts–Amherst. She is the author, with Rachel Frankel, of Remnant Stones: The Jewish Cemeteries of Suriname and Remnant Stones: The Jewish Cemeteries and Synagogues of Suriname (Hebrew Union College Press, 2009 and 2012). Her current book project is entitled Jewish Identity in a Slave Society. During the spring 2013 semester she is a NIAS fellow.

De lezing wordt gehouden in het Engels.
NB – Tijdens deze bijeenkomst, een symposium dat plaats zal vinden in het Verzetsmuseum, Plantage Kerklaan 61A, tegenover de ingang van Artis, worden twee lezingen gehouden. Zaal open om 10.15. Voor een koosjere lunch wordt gezorgd.