“Making the Jewish Lower East Side Iconic” with guest speaker: Morris J. Vogel, President emeritus, New York Tenement Museum.
Morris J. Vogel served as the museum’s president from 2008 to 2017. Previously, he was Professor of American History and Dean of Arts & Sciences at Temple University. He also served as the Director of the Rockefeller Foundation’s Creativity and Culture initiative. Vogel received his undergraduate degree from Brandeis University and his doctorate in American Social History from the University of Chicago. He is the author of The Invention of the Modern Hospital (University of Chicago Press, 1980) and co-author of Still Philadelphia: A Photographic History, 1890-1940 (Temple University Press, 1983).
Morris Vogel was born in Kazakhstan (then among the Soviet Republics) during the Second World War. His parents were stateless refugees who had escaped from Poland. Returning to a displaced persons camp in post-war Poland, they then
emigrated to the United States.
Morris Vogel knows something about our community. Decades ago while completing his graduate work in Hyde Park, his wife Ruth found employment as a social worker at a Jewish agency with offices in Highland Park.