Jeffrey S. Gurock is the Libby M. Klaperman Professor of Jewish History at Yeshiva University. Gurock served from 1982-2002 as associate editor of American Jewish History, the leading academic journal in that field and was twice chair of the Academic Council of the American Jewish Historical Society. He is the author or editor of fifteen books. His works include A Modern Heretic and a Traditional Community: Mordecai M. Kaplan, Orthodoxy and American Judaism. In 1998, A Modern Heretic...was awarded the bi-annual Saul Viener Prize from the American Jewish Historical Society for the best book written in that field. Gurock's, Orthodox Jews in Americawas a finalist for the National Jewish Book Award in the area of American Jewish Studies. His most recent study is Jews in Gotham: New York Jews in a Changing City, 1920-2010.
Do bagels and baseball go together? What about Shabbat and sports? Professor Jeffrey Gurock pioneered the use of athletics as a metaphor for interpreting the Jewish American story. This lecture invites us to explore the issues of Jewish integration through the lens of sports and to understand the challenges of religious survival in modern-day America.