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Virtual Lunch & Learn Book Club – Julius Rosenwald: Repairing the World

Date(s) - Thursday, July 23rd
12:00 pm CDT - 1:00 pm CDT


dsc0801-version-2Julius Rosenwald was the president of Sears at a time when the Sears catalog was eponymous in the United States. Rosenwald dedicated a large portion of his wealth to creating schools in the rural American south for African American communities. He set these up in partnership with the communities he aimed to help so that those attending the schools would be part of the process. The 5,000 schools that became known as Rosenwald Schools are only one piece of his enduring legacy. In this moment of divisiveness, JMM is thrilled to explore the importance of community and partnership through Rosenwald’s legacy.

Hasia R. Diner will share insights from her book Julius Rosenwald: Repairing the World.  Diner is a Milwaukee-native and eminent historian. She is Paul and Sylvia Steinberg Professor of American Jewish History and director of the Goldstein-Goren Center for American Jewish History at New York University. She is a two-time winner of the National Jewish Book Award.

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Julius Rosenwald: Repairing the World

From the prizewinning Jewish Lives series, the portrait of a humble retail magnate whose visionary ideas about charitable giving transformed the practice of philanthropy in America and beyond

Julius Rosenwald (1862–1932) rose from modest means as the son of a peddler to meteoric wealth at the helm of Sears, Roebuck. Yet his most important legacy stands not upon his business acumen but on the pioneering changes he introduced to the practice of philanthropy. While few now recall Rosenwald’s name—he refused to have it attached to the buildings, projects, or endowments he supported—his passionate support of Jewish and African American causes continues to influence lives to this day.

This biography of Julius Rosenwald explores his attitudes toward his own wealth and his distinct ideas about philanthropy, positing an intimate connection between his Jewish consciousness and his involvement with African Americans. The book shines light on his belief in the importance of giving in the present to make an impact on the future, and on his encouragement of beneficiaries to become partners in community institutions and projects. Rosenwald emerges from the pages as a compassionate man whose generosity and wisdom transformed the practice of philanthropy itself.

Sponsored by the Jewish Community Relations Council of the Milwaukee Jewish Federation.

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