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A TALE OF TWO COVENANTS

11/16/2017 04:44:58 PM

Nov16

Kami Troy - Kol HaBirah News

Silver Spring historian Professor David Rotenstein was the latest lecturer in Congregation Har Tzeon-Agudath Achim’s adult education series.

Today we think of Silver Spring, Maryland, as a very Jewish area, but this wasn’t always the case. In reality, Jews were banned from living in Silver Spring for decades as a result of restrictive residency covenants and land-use laws explicitly prohibiting the sale of property to specific groups.

Professor David Rotenstein has extensively studied the history of Silver Spring and its strict land-use laws dating back to the first half of the 20th century. His research gives us insight into how Jews have thrived and built strong communities not just in Silver Spring but in suburbs across America.

On Sunday, Nov. 5, Congregation Har Tzeon-Agudath Achim (HTAA) in Silver Spring hosted Dr. Rotenstein as part of its adult education lecture series. Dr. Rotenstein, who holds a doctorate in folklore and folklife from the University of Pennsylvania, gave a lecture entitled “The Arc of the Covenant: the Jews of the DC Area and the Jews in Silver Spring.”

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