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Nibbles, Noshes, and More: Baking Historical Hadassah Recipes

By Nicole Greenhouse Hadassah chapters have a long history of fundraising for Israeli public welfare projects and the Hadassah hospitals in at Mount Scopus and Ein Kerem. As part of their fundraising efforts, chapters produced cookbooks, made up of beloved recipes of chapter members. Many of these chapter cookbooks can be found in the Hadassah Archives.  The team working on the processing of the…

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United in History, United in Destiny

By Rachel Harrison The Annual and Mid-Winter National Conventions Records in the Hadassah Archives, RG 3, currently on long-term deposit at the American Jewish Historical Society, contain numerous documents related to Hadassah’s annual conventions, the first of which was held in June 1914 in Rochester, NY, and which are still being held as of this writing (2016). At the conventions, members of the National…

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Hadassah Oral Histories—Friendship and Professionalism, Intertwined

By Janine Veazue Oral history is distinguished from other forms of interviews by its content and extent. Oral history interviews seek an in-depth account of personal experience and reflections, with sufficient time allowed for the narrators to give their story the fullness they desire. The content of oral history interviews is grounded in reflections on the past as opposed to commentary on purely contemporary…

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Letty Cottin Pogrebin & “How to Make it in a Man’s World“

Image: Signed First Edition of How to Make it in a Man’s World from the library of The American Jewish Historical Society By ​​Melanie J. Meyers, M.S., Senior Librarian for Special Collections, Reference, and Instruction, Lillian Goldman Reading Room, Center For Jewish History Before Sheryl Sandberg told women to Lean In, Letty Cottin Pogrebin (Born June 9, 1939) was giving women the scoop on…

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The far-reaching impact of World War II resulted in massive destruction, decimation, deprivation, and the unparalleled displacement of people across and far beyond the European continent. In commemoration of the 70th anniversary of the end of the war, After the War uses photographs, artifacts, and archival material to document and provide insights into the end of the war and post-war disorder and revitalization in…

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The Remarkable Social Worker: Alice Davis Menken

By Jackie Brettschneider, Research Intern, Center for Jewish History Alice Davis Menken was a social worker for the courts and correctional institutions of New York state and city. She worked to rehabilitate delinquent girls within the penal system. This makes her an interesting Jewish woman because of her desire to help girls with no one else to turn to. Seeing these girls as people,…

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Kahal Kadosh Beth Elohim, Charleston, South Carolina

By Nicole Siegel, Research Intern and Graduate Student at Fordham University Click here for the first blog post on Kahal Kadosh Beth Elohim, Charleston, South Carolina http://16thstreet.tumblr.com/post/123372636972/kahal-kadosh-beth-elohim-charleston-south With the destruction of the Georgian Synagogue of Kahal Kadosh Beth Elohim (KKBE) in the fire of 1838, the congregation found it necessary to build a new structure, one that is still in use today. The rise…

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Kahal Kadosh Beth Elohim, Charleston, South Carolina By Nicole Siegel, Research Intern and Graduate Student at Fordham University One of the oldest congregations in America, Kahal Kadosh Beth Elohim (KKBE) of Charleston, South Carolina, dates back to 1749 and is currently the fourth oldest congregation in the United States.  Originally a Sephardic Orthodox Congregation, the community quickly embraced the ideas of Reform Judaism, becoming…

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16thstreet: The New Collosusby Emma Lazarus Not like the brazen giant of Greek fame,With conquering limbs astride from land to land;Here at our sea-washed, sunset gates shall standA mighty woman with a torch, whose flameIs the imprisoned lightning, and her nameMother of Exiles. From her beacon-handGlows world-wide welcome; her mild eyes commandThe air-bridged harbor that twin cities frame.“Keep, ancient lands, your storied pomp!” cries…

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