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How I Discovered The Jewish World Of Elvis Presley…. And Then Wrote A Book About It!
Wednesday, April 14, 2021, 1:00 PM until 2:15 PM
Social and Cultural
In this session, Roselle Kline Chartock, author of a new book “The Jewish World of Elvis Presley”, will share how and why she started researching Elvis’ connection with Judaism and revel a little-known side of this rock ‘n’ roll icon, in particular, Presley’s deep affinity to Jews as well as evidence of his own Jewish heritage. Chartock notes that, “At first glance these two words, Elvis and Jews, may not seem to go together,” referring to Elvis’ background growing up in a poor fundamentalist Christian family in the Deep South, an area sometimes known for its anti-Semitism. Yet, despite this background, Chartock notes, Elvis Presley developed many personal relationships with the Jews he befriended in Memphis – including merchants and members of his inner circle, the Memphis Mafia – and those he met in the music and movie industries.
You can listen to an interview with Roselle about her book by clicking here Listen Now
Roselle Kline Chartock is a Professor Emerita of Education and a full-time artist and writer, having previously taught on all levels for forty-five years. Her earlier work includes four books and several scholarly articles on topics related to education, American history and Jewish history, among them an anthology on the Nazi Holocaust.