Landsmanshaftn, mutual aid associations made up of immigrants from the same Eastern European town, were an important form of organization among turn-of-the-century Jewish immigrants to the United States. At one time, New York City alone was home to 3,000 landsmanshaftn that provided their half million members with health and death benefits, loans, and help in securing jobs and housing. They also served as arenas for social interaction and evolved their own colorful internal culture. Daniel Soyer, author and Fordham University professor specializing in American Jewish history, will discuss the development of these important organizations, and the crucial role they played in Eastern European Jewish communities in America.
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