Jews and Booze
Jews and Booze sounds catchy but these are two words that would rarely be used in the same sentence. It wouldn’t be different if you substitute “alcohol” or “liquor.” However, American Jews and drink have a long and spirited history beginning well before Prohibition, dealing with that curious time and continuing to the present. It begins with German and later Russian immigrants whose vocations as innkeepers included distilling or brewing alcohol and continues to the ownership of the two of the four giants of the whiskey industry. Please join us as Neil Adelman explores the complex relationship of American Jews and alcohol during the late 19th and 20th centuries.
About the Presenter
Neil Adelman is a retired attorney from Chicago. He has spoken on various Jewish subjects at synagogues and men's clubs in the Chicago area and in Naples at Beth Tikvah Congregation. He previously spoke at the MCA about Jewish musical subjects including the history of Hatikvah. Neil is also an experienced opera lecturer. After being a community lecturer at Lyric Opera of Chicago for 11 years, he has continued to speak about opera at the Renaissance Academy in Naples and in the Chicago area.