Sunday, April 19, 2015

Professor presenting lecture on Kiryas Joel 

History professor Richard Hull will speak at SUNY Orange Tuesday night in the latest of a series of lectures he has given on Kiryas Joel and its Satmar Hasidic population, tracing the movement from its origins in Eastern Europe centuries ago to its place in contemporary Orange County.

His talk, titled "The Satmar of Kiryas Joel: An Historical and Cultural Perspective," will take place at 7 p.m. in the large conference auditorium at the Rowley Center for Science & Engineering in Middletown. It will be the fifth such talk Hull has given, following speeches in Warwick, Cornwall, Woodbury and Monroe.

Hull, a longtime Warwick resident and author of the book "Jews and Judaism in African History," has embarked on his lecture series to promote greater understanding of the history and culture of an insular but rapidly growing community, one whose growth has put it in conflict with neighboring communities. He talks about the formation of Hasidic enclaves in Europe in the 1700s, the migration of the Satmar Hasidim to New York City after the Holocaust and then to Orange County in the 1970s, and some of the political rifts Kiryas Joel has since been involved in - up through the present debate over its potential expansion.


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