Tag: Jewish Studies

John R. Friedeberg Seeley, tragic hero of mental health

John R. Friedeberg Seeley, tragic hero of mental health

Jack Seeley was a tragic figure in North American history. His noble quest during WWII and the early postwar period to bring mental health to the masses straddled both sides of the border. He was the principal architect of the first major mental health programs in Canadian schools, a history that is now so relevant. He was also a scholar working in the fields of sociology and psychoanalysis whose collaboration was valued by important American thinkers like Erving Goffman, David Riesman and Bruno Bettleheim. His book, Crestwood Heights is a classic of the 1950s “pop sociology” genre.

Book of the Week: “Jewish City or Inferno of Russian Israel?” by Victoria Khiterer

Book of the Week: “Jewish City or Inferno of Russian Israel?” by Victoria Khiterer

This week we’re featuring the CHOICE Award-winning Jewish City or Inferno of Russian Israel? A History of the Jews in Kiev before February 1917 by Victoria Khiterer. The book is currently available for purchase at $20.00, $30.00, and $42. Choose the price you think is fair and fits your budget!

This book describes the history of Jews in Kiev from the tenth century to the February 1917 Revolution. At the turn of the twentieth century, the Kiev Jewish community was one of the largest and wealthiest in the Russian Empire. This book illuminates the major processes and events in Kievan Jewish history, including the creation of the Jewish community, the expulsions of Jews from the city, government persecution and Jewish pogroms, the Beilis Affair, the participation of Jews in the political, economic, and cultural life of Kiev, and their contribution to the development of the city.