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Main Line Reform Temple

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401 Montgomery Avenue
Wynnewood, PA United States
215-292-9575 http://www.mlrt.org/

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March 2018

“Hullo, Are you Dere?”: Jewish Immigration, the Telephone, and the Technology of Acculturation

March 5 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Main Line Reform Temple, 401 Montgomery Avenue
Wynnewood, PA United States
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This talk will take a look at the telephone as an example of how American technological culture shaped the experience of Jewish immigrants in the first half of the twentieth century. From ads (including a tagline in Yiddish, “remember all languages can be spoken through the telephone”) to vaudeville routines to op-eds, the phone was a focus of anxiety about immigration, ethnic identity, and religious difference. It impacted Jewish community and cultural connection in surprising ways, just as modern communication…

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