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Lincoln Memorial against black background

Although American Jews widely admired both George Washington and Thomas Jefferson, Lincoln was the first president to have extensive social contact with Jews in the U.S.

Rabbi Lance J. Sussman, Ph.D.
Yellow flowers on a cactus blooming in the desert

The pioneers who built the State of Israel faced myriad challenges to create a self-sufficient society in a desert environment without easy access to food or water.

Rachel Landman
Golda Meir

In January 1948, Golda Meir gave a speech in Chicago that, as David Ben-Gurion later wrote, “got the money which made the Jewish state possible.”

Rabbi Steven Stark Lowenstein
Children in a kindergarten class in a DP camp

Following World War II, many Jews were confined to displaced persons (DPs) camps in Allied-occupied countries. Among them were my parents and parents-in-law.

Jean Bloch Rosensaft
Ahad Ha'am's grave in Tel Aviv

A walk in Tel Aviv’s Old Cemetery led me to the tombstone of Ahad Ha’am, one of the most influential pre-state Zionist thinkers and the founder of cultural Zionism.

Rabbi Reuven Greenvald
Holocaust transport train on tracks

Whispers grow of a stealthy increase in “Holocaust fatigue” among all the generations. What is required is resetting of the narrative reset.

Arthur B. Shostak, PhD
USS Arizona Memorial

Fake news and falsehoods are difficult to combat. What happens when such stories emerge from within the greater Jewish family?

Rabbi Daniel M. Bronstein, Ph.D.
Lighted candle flickering in total darkness

This poem was written in memory of Kristallnacht (Nov. 9-10, 1938) in honor of those who suffered

Stacey Zisook Robinson
View of bimah (pulpit) and pews in a synagogue

Learn what writer, editor, blogger, and professor of liturgy Dr. Lawrence A. Hoffman has to say about Jewish ritual and worship.

Aron Hirt-Manheimer
Black and white movie still of two Orthodox Jewish men in black hats and jackets

The black and white film 1945, in Hungarian with English subtitles, is charged with historical allegory and symbolic dread. It teaches: Acknowledge the sins of the past, as your soul may depend on it.

Wes Hopper

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