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Robert Zimmerman: Home on the Range with Marilyn J. Chiat

  • The Jewish Community Library 1835 Ellis St. San Francisco United States (map)

Free admission with free garage parking on Pierce St between Ellis and Eddy streets.

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Often overlooked are the stories of Jews who chose to settle in small towns and rural areas, like the Iron Range in northeastern Minnesota. At one time, the Range was home to more than a thousand Jews who worshiped in four synagogues. Robert Zimmerman left the Range to seek fame and fortune, first in Minneapolis, then New York, and finally, the world. Marilyn Chiat will examine what life on the Range was like for Jews, and how it was possible that out of that milieu emerged the celebrated folk singer and musician known as Bob Dylan.

Marilyn J. Chiat received her PhD in art history with a specialty in religious art and architecture from the University of Minnesota. She has taught at her alma mater; lectured at many universities, colleges and historical societies; and has written numerous articles and books on religious architecture. Her interest in Bob Dylan grew out of research she conducted on Jewish settlers on the Range and their synagogues—including Agudath Achim in Hibbing, where Dylan became bar mitzvah.

Co-presented by the Jewish Historical Society of the Upper Midwest.

Program made possible, in part, by Judah and Ruth Rosenwald.