Did you know that approximately 10,000 Jews served in the American Civil War, and that 400 of them were from New Jersey? Did you know that one of the Confederacy's bravest surgeons later bought a summer home in Long Branch, and that his son grew up to be an advisor to several presidents? Do you know whom someone dubbed "an Israelite with Egyptian principles?"
These topics and more will be covered on Nov. 20 at 1 p.m. when Dr. Robert Fierstien speaks about "Jews of the Civil War" at the Jewish Heritage Museum of Monmouth County. Dr. Fierstien is Rabbi Emeritus of Temple Beth Or in Brick Township and is Adjunct Professor of Jewish Studies in Pomona, where he teaches American Jewish History.
Other topics that he will cover include: Jews and the Slavery Question, Jewish abolitionists, Jews on the front lines, and the vital role Jewish women played during the conflict. Of special interest will be his discussion on the Chaplaincy Controversy and General Ulysses S. Grant's General Order #11, and the important role played by President Abraham Lincoln in defending Jewish rights. This is the first part of the Museum's program to mark the 150th anniversary of the start of the Civil War. Rabbi Fierstein's presentation is free to the public.
At 2:30 p.m., David Brahinsky and his string band return to the Jewish Heritage Museum in a concert of Civil War and other songs presented in the group's unique musical blend of contemporary and folk traditions. Besides being a singer, songwriter, and storyteller, David Brahinsky is a professor of philosophy and comparative Rreligion at Bucks County Community College.
Admission to the concert is $18, $15 members. Reservations may be made by calling the Museum 732-252-6990 or on-line at www.jhmomc.org. Tickets will be held at the Museum.