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Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day

16thstreet: by David P. Rosenberg, Senior Reference Librarian – Collections, Center for Jewish History Today marks seventy years since the attack on Pearl Harbor, the event that hurled America into the Second World War.  According to the Encyclopedia Judaica, Jews’ service to the United States armed forces started with militia duty during the Colonial era. “A considerable number of Jews volunteered for the colonialist…

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Yom Kippur in the NJWB Recordsby Rachel Rudman, M.A., Reference Services Research Intern, Center for Jewish History This post is part of the Holiday History Series. To view all posts in the series, click here. Above image: Text on back of photograph reads, “Yom Kippur services at Great Lakes, Ill. I think 1942 or 1943. Rabbi Julius Mark was chaplain. Services held in drill hall, now…

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A Time to Reflectby Rachel Rudman, M.A., Reference Services Research Intern, Center for Jewish History This post is part of the Holiday History Series. To view all posts in the series, click here. Above image: Text on back of photograph: “Chaplain Joseph H. Freedman Hq, USAFIME, is shown blowing the ‘Shofar’ during the annual religious service in observance of Rosh-Hashana. Photo by Sgt. E.M. Henderson, S.C., Signal…

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Above image: The text on the back of the photograph reads, “Chaplain Nathan Landman, Air Force Jewish Chaplain for France, Spain, and Libya, examines the traditional Shofar (ram’s horn) and other High Holy Day religious equipment prior to taking off from Evreux-Fauville Air Base to Tripoli, Libya on the first leg of a 3,000 mile circuit in which he conducted eight services at five bases…

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In Honor of Veterans Day 2012by David P. Rosenberg, M.P.A., Senior Reference Librarian – Collections, Center for Jewish History The need to document those in our communities is a longstanding tradition in Judaism. Beginning in Biblical times there was the half-shekel annual accounting of all Jews where “the rich shall not pay more and the poor shall not pay less” (Exodus 30:15). In the…

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Rosh Hashanah Resourcesby David P. Rosenberg, M.P.A., Senior Reference Librarian – Collections, Center for Jewish History In honor of the New Year I examined ten resources available at the Center (for the ten days of repentance) that reflect on the experience of the High Holidays in the military. Memoirs 1)    Reflections on World War II: Chaplain Jacob Kraft’s Letters to Leah reprints Kraft’s letters…

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The American Jewish chaplain experience: historical perspectives

by David P. Rosenberg, Senior Reference Librarian – Collections, Center for Jewish History Many things come to the minds of Americans when they think of Abraham Lincoln: the story of the apple tree and the nickname “honest Abe,” the address at Gettysburg, the Emancipation Proclamation. One thing that may not immediately come to mind is the fight for religious freedom that Lincoln fought amidst…

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Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day

by David P. Rosenberg, Senior Reference Librarian – Collections, Center for Jewish History Today marks seventy years since the attack on Pearl Harbor, the event that hurled America into the Second World War.  According to the Encyclopedia Judaica, Jews’ service to the United States armed forces started with militia duty during the Colonial era. “A considerable number of Jews volunteered for the colonialist armies,”…

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