“Two Cities, One Story” is an online series where the Rauh Jewish Archives of the Heinz History Center partners with a Jewish archive in another city to tell one story from American Jewish history.
The Nationality Rooms at the Cathedral of Learning are a tribute to the many ethnic groups of Pittsburgh. Each group gets a room, decorated in its traditional style. Cleveland has something similar: the Cleveland Cultural Gardens. Each nationality gets a garden, planted with appropriate species.
Both of these institutions run headfirst into one of the biggest questions of Jewish history. Are the Jewish people a “nationality,” a “culture,” a “religion,” and “ethnicity,” or something else entirely? What is the architectural or botanical heritage of a group of people that have lived all over the world?
For the second installment of our popular series Two Cities, One Story, we will partner will Sean Martin of the Jewish American Archives at the Western Reserve Historical Society in Cleveland to tell the story of the Israel Heritage Room here in Pittsburgh and the Hebrew Cultural Garden in Cleveland.
This virtual program is free and will be conducted via Zoom. Please register online at heinzhistorycenter.org/events.