Friends of Jewish History

Are you a fan of my lectures on Jewish history? Thank you! I’m really proud that so many people all around the world enjoy learning about the incredible historical experiences of the eternal people, and I’m grateful to be able to provide these lectures free of charge in accordance with the principles laid out in our Jewish History Manifesto.

Would you like to join with me to take this Jewish History project to the next level? Here’s a few suggestions:

  1. Like, share, and comment on the lectures! Free, meaningful, and much appreciated.
  2. If you’re near Brooklyn or one of the cities I occasionally lecture in, please attend a lecture and say hello!
  3. Consider donating to the Jewish History @ Avenue J Scholarship Fund . Funds donated to this charitable cause go directly to fund scholarships for my undergraduate students in Jewish history.
  4. Consider joining the Friends of Jewish History by sponsoring an upcoming Jewish History lecture. Unlike the Scholarship Fund, which goes directly to supporting students, donations to the Friends of Jewish History fund go to improving the quality of the lectures themselves. (Note to current undergraduate students: I appreciate your enthusiasm, but please don’t use this option. The lecture series is designed to support you, not the other way around.)

We’ve got a whole pile of ideas to improve the technical quality of the lectures with better lighting, cameras and audio, and I would really love to have someone professionally edit the videos. I’d also like to use some of the funds to hire more students to help with the filming, setting up the auditorium space, and things like that.

Sponsoring a lecture is $250, for which we will happily provide you with the following privileges and benefits:

  1. Membership in the Friends of Jewish History.
  2. Free gifts (like maybe fridge magnets with dates of lectures) whenever we make them.
  3. Thank-you message at the beginning of the lecture you sponsored, mentioned live and in the opening credits of the video. Honor a loved one!
  4. Special invitations to live webcasts and Q&A sessions.
  5. Other cool things we haven’t thought of yet.

How does that sound? Nice? Okay, maybe you’d like to choose a lecture to sponsor? Here’s what we are planning for Fall 2016:

  1. October 31: Who Was Vladimir Jabotinsky?
  2. November 7: Who Was Rabbi Avraham Isaac Kook?
  3. November 21: Who Was Emma Goldman?
  4. November 28: Who Was Franz Kafka?
  5. December 5: Who Was Janusz Korczak?
  6. December 12: Who Was the Chazon Ish?
  7. December 19: Who Was Elie Wiesel?

Okay, I guess that’s that. We have some really exciting plans–did you notice the live webcasts and Q&A sessions?–but we’ll need some resources to put these ideas into effect. Please consider supporting us!

Thanks very much,

Henry Abramson


One thought on “Friends of Jewish History

  1. From beginning to end, your lectures are never boring, full of information that sometimes I did not know.
    Jewish history is part of every nation’s history, and you present it with much clarity.

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