Join us to experience a captivating program about the Civil War from a Jewish perspective that is designed to educate and entertain. Bruce Form and Mira Form are Civil War historians, re-enactors and living historians. Their many years of researching Jewish Civil War veterans and the Jewish community during the Civil War led them to discover two Philadelphians involved in that war: Myer J. Asch, Captain of the 1st New Jersey Cavalry, and Miss Rebecca Moss, Secretary of the Ladies Hebrew Association for the Relief of Sick and Wounded Soldiers. The Forms, who dress in period attire, bring their characters to life using projected images of people and documents from the time of the Civil War, as well as a living history display of original artifacts and reproductions of the period.
About the Speakers
Bruce and Mira Form have spoken on Jews in the Civil War to numerous Jewish organizations throughout the country, including the Gomez Mill House Foundation, Hadassah groups, Women’s American ORT, the Jewish War Veterans, a variety of congregations, as well as in public and private schools. They have also been well received by many Civil War groups throughout New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania.
Bruce received his Bachelor of Arts degree in History from Athens State University in Alabama and a Master of Arts degree in Behavioral Science from Kean University in New Jersey. His article, "Captain Myer Asch, 1st New Jersey Cavalry and the Quest for His Grave," appeared in the Summer 2022 issue of Dorot, the Journal of the Jewish Genealogical Society. Mira graduated cum laude from New York University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Russian Studies and is a member of Phi Beta Kappa. Both Bruce and Mira are charter members of Officers for the Union and Ladies for the Union, an elite living history organization, based in Gettysburg, PA, where they now reside.