Anti-Semitism in 1930s NYC - Men's Club/ Sisterhood BreakfastDate: Sun January 31, 2016Time: 11:00 am
Annual Sisterhood / Men’s Club Breakfast presents
Dr. Gene Fein
Anti-Semitism on the Streets of 1930s
New York: The Christian Front Awakens
It is 1938. The world is on the precipice of being plunged into what will amount to be the most devastating war in the history of humankind. European Jewry is on the verge of annihilation. Most Americans are apprehensive at best about being dragged into another foreign entanglement. New York City is supposed to be a safe haven for Jews. Violent anti-Semitism is not supposed to happen in the 5 boroughs. But it does as the grassroots followers of America's first talk radio star, the Catholic "Radio Priest" Father Charles Coughlin literally take to the streets of Gotham spewing their hate. The Christian Front awakens.
Buffet Breakfast • Bloody Marys, Mimosas • 50-50 Raffle
Everyone is invited • Reservations are strongly suggested
Babysitting is available with advance request
DR. GENE FEIN received his Ph.D. in American history from the Graduate Center of the City University of New York, and his Master’s and Bachelor’s degrees from Fordham University. He has published articles, presented papers, reviewed/contributed to several American history textbooks, and spoken extensively on a variety of topics including Jews in New York, Jews in America, and the transatlantic African slave trade. His most notable work focuses on the impact of Father Coughlin and the Christian Front in pre-WWII America. He presented the social justice aspects of Coughlin and the Christian Front in the United Kingdom at Oxford University’s Oxford Round Table conference on "Social Justice: Poverty, Food, and Race" in March 2009. Currently, Dr. Fein is the Assistant Vice President of Academic Records at Fordham University, where he has taught American history for over 20 years. He also teaches at Purchase College. As a member of GHC, he sits on the Religious Affairs Committee and helps coordinate/lead the children’s Shabbat and High Holiday services. A self-proclaimed avid Yankees, Jets, and Star Wars fan, he lives in Dobbs Ferry with his wife, Yanira Quinones (who is the current GHC Sisterhood President) his children Alexia, Zavier, and Nava Avigail, and their ever-faithful Boston Terrier, Roxxy.