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Caring for Moroccan Jews: A Photo Album on Jewish Medical Aid in (Post)Colonial Morocco

June 10, 2024 By Julia Schulte-Werning, 2023-24 Bookhalter Graduate Fellow Caring for Moroccan Jews: A Photo Album on Jewish Medical Aid in (Post)Colonial Morocco The YIVO collections include a photo album that the Jewish aid organization OSE-Morocco had sent to the United States in September 1956 [see below]. Neatly pinned and accurately labeled, the images reveal the panorama of health care activities for Moroccan…

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Fighting Antisemitism on the Eve of Decolonization

May 30, 2024 By Ludwig Decke, 2023 CJH-Fordham University Fellow Fighting Antisemitism on the Eve of Decolonization In the late spring of 1955, West London Synagogue’s Stern Hall hummed with a flurry of voices in various languages. Over one hundred representatives of Jewish communities and organizations, originating from twenty countries, huddled behind long rows of tables in the smoke-filled conference room. [image above: Collection…

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Building a Jewish Union and the ILGWU

By Ella Jordan-Smith Reference Services Librarian, Center for Jewish History Building a Jewish Union and the ILGWU In 1900, eleven delegates representing seven major local unions in the Northeast convened to form the International Ladies’ Garment Workers Union. All eleven of these delegates were Jewish men (the “ladies” in the organization’s name refers to the garments, not the constituency) who represented unions composed of primarily…

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Selling Chanukah in America

By Cassia Kisshauer Senior Reference Services Librarian, Special Collections Selling Chanukah in America As Chanukah transformed in 20th century America from a smaller, home-based festival to a popular public holiday, businesses saw an opportunity to manufacture and market decorations and gifts to Jewish consumers. In the mid-19th century, new waves of German Jewish immigrants focused on Christmas as a winter holiday, in order to feel…

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“Yours very respectaly, M. Blum”: Correspondence between a New Jersey Jewish Farmer and the Industrial Removal Office, 1902-1905

By Lauren Gilbert, Director of Public Services, Center for Jewish History “Yours very respectaly, M. Blum”: Correspondence between a New Jersey Jewish Farmer and the Industrial Removal Office, 1902-1905 In response to the massive waves of Jewish immigration from Eastern Europe around the turn of the 20th century, leaders of the German-Jewish community in New York City founded the rather forbiddingly named Industrial Removal…

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