Professor David Freidenreich will speak on Jewish immigration to Maine Thursday, Oct. 27, at 7 p.m. at Penobscot Language School, 28 Gay St. This event is co-sponsored by the 2017 Camden Conference at a suggested donation of $10 per person to benefit the school.

Millions of Jews left their homes in search of a better future during the 19th and 20th centuries. Many chose to immigrate to America. Freidenreich will discuss the experiences of these new Mainers as a reflection of broader dynamics in the history of Jewish immigration and will speak of the experience of Jewish immigrants as compared to that of other immigrants to Maine.

Freidenreich is the Pulzer Family Associate Professor of Jewish Studies at Colby College, where he teaches a wide range of courses on Judaism, Jewish history, and comparative religion and directs Colby’s Maine Jewish History Project. His award-winning first book," Foreigners and Their Food: Constructing Otherness in Jewish, Christian and Islamic Law," explores attitudes toward adherents of foreign religions expressed in ancient and medieval laws about sharing food.

For more information, contact or 594-1084.