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Nourishing Tradition: Jewish Cookbooks and the Stories They Tell

Exhibition Opening Wednesday, June 29 at 6 pm To celebrate the exhibition Nourishing Tradition: Jewish Cookbooks and the Stories They Tell, the Center for Jewish History is excited to welcome Bonnie Slotnick, owner of Bonnie Slotnick Cookbooks. Bonnie will share some of her experiences with Jewish cookbooks over many years of selling rare and out-of-print cookbooks, and bring a fresh perspective to the real…

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Highlight from Recently Digitized American Soviet Jewry Movement Collections: Seattle Action for Soviet Jewry Records—Travel to the USSR—Visiting Jewish Refuseniks in the Soviet Union

by Andrey Filimonov View digital materials online at http://digital.cjh.org/2658842 Folder with information for the American Soviet Jewry movement activists traveling to meet Jews in the Soviet Union. Seattle Action for Soviet Jewry Records, I-507, American Jewish Historical Society  Thanks to generous support from the National Historical Publications & Records Commission (NHPRC), the Center for Jewish History has completed the digitization of more than 75,100…

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Highlight from Recently Digitized American Soviet Jewry Movement Collections: Joel and Adele Sandberg Papers—Letter from Sheryl Sandberg to her “Bat Mitzvah twin” Kira Volovsky

by Andrey Filimonov View digital materials online at http://digital.cjh.org/2873290 Letter from 12-year old Sheryl Sandberg to her Bat Mitzvah twin Kira Volovsky—a Refusenik girl in the Soviet Union. Joel and Adele Sandberg Papers, P-872, American Jewish Historical Society Thanks to generous support from the National Historical Publications & Records Commission (NHPRC), the Center for Jewish History has completed the digitization of more than 75,100…

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Highlight from Recently Digitized American Soviet Jewry Movement Collections: Audio recording of a demonstration in support of Alexander Slepak’s hunger strike on behalf of his father, Prisoner of Conscience Vladimir Slepak.

by Andrey Filimonov Listen to digital audio online here Prisoner of the Soviet Secret Police: Vladimir Slepak, poster by the Student Struggle for Soviet Jewry. American Soviet Jewry Movement Posters and Ephemera Collection, I-566, American Jewish Historical Society. Son of Vladimir Slepak, Alexander Slepak. American Soviet Jewry Movement Photographs Collection, I-495, American Jewish Historical Society. Thanks to generous support from the National Historical Publications…

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Highlight from Recently Digitized American Soviet Jewry Movement Collections: National Conference for Soviet Jewry Records—Photograph of Freedom Birthday Party for Valery Panov

by Andrey Filimonov View digital materials online at http://digital.cjh.org/2027208 Freedom Birthday Party for Valery Panov at the Plaza Square, NYC, March 12, 1974—Rally on behalf of a Refusenik leading ballet dancer Valery Panov. Pictured on the photo, left to right: Malcolm Hoenlein, founding executive director of the Greater New York Conference on Soviet Jewry; Jerry Goodman, Director of National Conference on Soviet Jewry; actor…

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Activists and Archivists on Wikipedia: Reflections on the Soviet Jewry Edit-a-thon

By Leanora Lange On a sunny Sunday in late fall, a quiet, cheerful, powerful event happened in one of the meeting rooms of the Center for Jewish History. A group of activists, archivists, and Wikipedians gathered around a large table, huddled over laptops, and improved coverage of the Soviet Jewry movement on the most widely accessed information resource in use today, Wikipedia. The Soviet…

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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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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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