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Smiling women of all ages and ethnicities wearing brightly colored clothing and standing in a line against a white brick wall

In 1980, President Jimmy Carter issued a Presidential Proclamation recognizing one week in March as National Women’s History Week.

Maya Weinstein
Shoe with a wilted flower on it as partof an installation that honors the Jews who were killed by fascist Arrow Cross militiamen in Budapest during World War II

Textbook history can be dry and seemingly lifeless, but the collective past of the human race is our touchstone to assessing where we might venture moving forward.

Howard Richard Debs
Orphan children in DP camp following WW II

After their liberation from Nazi captivity, my parents were reunited in Feldafing, a displaced persons camp in the U.S. Zone of occupied Germany.

Aron Hirt-Manheimer
Group photo aboard the S.S. Flandre in 1939

“For you have known the heart of the stranger….” (Exodus 23:9)

Rabbi Edwin C. Goldberg
Martin Luther King marching in Selma with Black and Jewish leaders

Albert Vorspan was present at every milestone of the early civil rights movement, serving as the point person for the Commission on Social Action of Reform Judaism.

Aron Hirt-Manheimer
Little girl sitting on the floor to play dreidel

Within the Jewish musical canon are several songs that seem to have always existed — tunes we all know and pass down from one generation to the next.

Albert Stern (JTA)
Portrait of Rebecca Gratz by Thomas Sully

The First Jewish Americans: Freedom and Culture in the New World,” on exhibit at the New-York Historical Society until March 12, 2017, spans two-and-a-half centuries of the Jewish experie

Aron Hirt-Manheimer

Every Hanukkah, we thank God for the miracle of the season. But what was the miracle?

Rabbi Michael L. Feshbach
Young girls in the Shanghai Ghetto

“Yesterday, December 7, 1941 - a date which will live in infamy.”

Rabbi Daniel M. Bronstein, Ph.D.

As the son of Jewish Holocaust survivors, I remember, as a child, wanting to kill the monster (who in the 1950s was rumored to be in hiding) responsible for murdering my extended family back in Pol

Aron Hirt-Manheimer

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