The community is invited to join Bnai Keshet Kaplan minyan congregants at 11 a.m. Saturday morning, January 16th via Zoom, for a talk by author Miriam Schneir on what really happened in the U.S. government’s espionage case against Julius and Ethel Rosenberg. The event is free and open to all. For the Zoom link, visit https://www.bnaikeshet.org/kaplanminyans
Schneir, a feminist scholar, and her late husband, Walter Schneir, co-authored Invitation to an Inquest, an investigation of the Rosenberg case, which had four editions in the United States (1965, 1968, 1973, 1983). In 2010, they summed up their conclusions in Final Verdict: What Really Happened in the Rosenberg Case (Melville House, 2010).
Julius and Ethel Rosenberg were convicted of conspiring to pass U.S. atomic secrets to the Soviets and executed by electric chair on June 19, 1953, at Sing Sing Prison in Ossining, NY. Both proclaimed their innocence and refused to admit any wrongdoing. Their case remains controversial as they were the first ever U.S. citizens to be convicted and executed for espionage during peacetime.
Born in New York on May 12, 1918, Julius worked as an engineer for the U.S. Army Signal Corp.and born in New York on September 28, 2015, Ethel Greenglass worked as a secretary. They met as members of the Young Communist League, married in 1939 and had two sons.
Miriam Schneir’s publications in women’s history and the history of feminism include Feminism: The Essential Historical Writings, a companion volume Feminism in Our Time (Random House/Vintage), and the catalogue-book “Remember the Ladies”: Women in America, 1750-1815 (Viking). She has written for various national magazines, including Ms, The Nation, The New York Times Magazine, and The New York Review of Books, and is presently working on a history of feminism in Western Europe and North America.
Bnai Keshet’s Kaplan Minyan is named for Reconstructionist Judaism founder Mordecai Kaplan. They are designed for people who enjoy a communal Shabbat and seek to enrich their understanding of Jewish peoplehood in a less traditional setting.
Reconstructing Judaism in and around Montclair, Bnai Keshet is located at 99 So. Fullerton Avenue, Montclair. For more information, visit www.bnaikeshet.org or call 973-746-4889.