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Events for Tuesday February 1, 2022

"Once We Were Slaves: The Extraordinary Journey of a Multiracial Jewish Family," Virtual Public Talk

Tuesday February 1, 2022
7:30 PM

A descendant of one of the most prominent Jewish families since the American Revolution, Blanche Moses firmly believed her maternal ancestors were members of the Sephardic elite. Laura Leibman’s new book, “Once We Were Slaves,” overturns the heiress’s assumptions to reveal that her grandmother and great-uncle began their lives poor, Christian, and enslaved in Barbados. Leibman will discuss how they transformed their lives, becoming free, wealthy, Jewish, and—at times—white, and how their story sheds light on the fluidity of race in the first half of the nineteenth century. Free and open to the public, the event is sponsored by the Allen and Joan Bildner Center for the Study of Jewish Life at Rutgers University. Advance registration is required at

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