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The Story of the Jews Event: A Tribute to Rabbi Rothschild

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In conjunction with the documentary "The Story of the Jews," GPB presented a "Tribute to Rabbi Rothschild", a panel discussion on the story of the Jews in Georgia on Tuesday, April 8, 2014 at GPB studios. The discussion, moderated by "On the Story" hosts Bill Nigut and Bobbie Battista, featured Janice Rothschild Blumberg, Rothschild's widow.

Watch the archived video of the event.

The Story of the Jews with Simon Schama is made possible by lead funding from The Paul & Irma Milstein Family. Major funding is generously provided by The Polonsky Foundation. Additional major support is provided by The Pershing Square Foundation, the Joseph S. and Diane H. Steinberg Charitable Trust, James and Merryl Tisch, Mortimer B. Zuckerman, the David Berg Foundation, Daniel and Joanna S. Rose, and the Lemberg Foundation. Support is also provided by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and PBS.

Summary of the Event

rabbi rothschild and janice rothschild blumberg The Jews who remained in Atlanta eventually believed they were safe and that anti-Semitism was on the wane until the 1958 bombing of the Hebrew Benevolent Association (known as The Temple.) The bombing was the work of virulent anti-Semites – including members of the KKK – who targeted The Temple because it was home to the most prominent Jewish leaders in Atlanta and was the central symbol of Jewish life here. The bombing was also a response to the fact that the chief rabbi of The Temple, Rabbi Jacob Rothschild, was one of the most outspoken white leaders of the civil rights movement in the Southeast.

During GPB's panel discussion, leaders of Atlanta’s Jewish community reflected on these now distant events and spoke to the acceptance of Jews in Georgia today.

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Event Information
Where: Georgia Public Broadcasting, 260 14th St. NW Atlanta, Ga 30309

When: Tuesday, April 8, 2014 at 6 p.m.

6 p.m.:Reception

7 p.m.:Panel Discussion moderated by GPB “On the Story” hosts Bobbie Battista and Bill Nigut, featuring Janice Rothschild Blumberg and other members of Atlanta’s Jewish community. A screening of clips from the five-part national series “The Story of the Jews" follows. The five-part series "The Story of the Jews" airs on GPB March 25 and April 1 at 8 p.m.

Replay the Live Chat