Learn how the Jews of Galicia (1772-1918) thrive and prosper during a wave of Jewish Enlightenment. The community comes alive: professionals, pious traditionalists, self-assured reformers, and dwellers of shetls and cities are heard in this narrative. The story of Galician Jews is the story of many contrasts: poverty mixing with opportunities and separateness with acculturation.
About the speaker: Andrew Zalewski is a physician and former Professor of Medicine at Jefferson University, Philadelphia, where he practiced cardiology and conducted research for about 20 years. Andrew has been passionate about bringing to light the story of Galicia. Several generations of his Jewish and Christian ancestors traced their roots to this former province of the Austrian and Austro-Hungarian Empire. Despite a busy professional life, Andrew published two non-fiction historical books about Galicia where he weaves in unique and surprising discoveries about his genealogical research.