October 24, 2019, 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Celebrating the release of The Arc of the Covenant by Earl Schwartz.
The Arc of the Covenant studies the social, cultural, and political factors that contributed to exceptional Jewish educational success in St. Paul, Minnesota, in the latter half of the twentieth century. This book draws on the archival sources, interviews with principal figures and wide-ranging research on Jewish education and community dynamics to elucidate the story’s intriguing improbabilities. Why such success in a midsize, mid-century, Midwestern river town with a relatively small Jewish population of limited resources? How did it happen, and how have circumstances changed in recent years? The answers are to be found at the intersection of broad historical forces and local circumstances. Through focused on a particular place and time, the implications reach far beyond St. Paul, then and now, making The Arc of the Covenant a timely resource for current Jewish educational planners, along with educators in other communities.