Jews and the Black Death
From the GGS Website
One of the most destructive pandemics in history, the Black Death raged in mid-14th-century Europe, killing close to half of its population. In many places, sometimes encouraged by church leaders, Jews were blamed for spreading the disease, resulting in widespread persecution and the destruction of hundreds of Jewish communities.
In this presentation, Rabbi Belovski will examine the social and political context of these attacks, explore the role of Pope Clement VI, who tried to prevent them and consider their ramifications for European Jewry.