Join the Authors to Discuss: "American Shtetl: The Making of Kiryas Joel, a Hasidic Village in Upstate New York"

Mar 17, 2022, 12:00 pm1:20 pm
Louis A. Simpson International Building, Room A71
Open to Princeton University ID Holders


Event Description

Nomi M. Stolzenberg holds the Nathan and Lilly Shapell Chair at the University of Southern California Gould School of Law. She has written widely on law and religion. David N. Myers holds the Sady and Ludwig Kahn Chair in Jewish History at the University of California, Los Angeles. His many books include Jewish History: A Very Short Introduction. 

This book tells the story of how this group of pious, Yiddish-speaking Jews has grown to become a thriving insular enclave and a powerful local government in upstate New York. While rejecting the norms of mainstream American society, Kiryas Joel has been stunningly successful in creating a world apart by using the very instruments of secular political and legal power that it disavows.  As such, Kiryas Joel offers a striking opportunity for considering the promises and limits of liberalism and multiculturism in American law and society. Read more here.

The authors will speak for the first 40 minutes and then open things up for questions and discussion.  A pre-read is available here, though attendees are not expected to have completed the reading before attending.

This event is limited to PU ID holders.   To register and select your boxed meal preference, click here.

Co-Chaired by Leora Batnitzky and Stephen Macedo


  • Program on Judaic Studies
  • University Center for Human Values
  • Department of Religion