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The People and the Book – The World We Make with Words

The People and the Book – The World We Make with Words April 5th, 2016 6:00 PM Lecture Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks, a global religious leader, philosopher and bestselling author, will explore how words and texts have powerfully shaped 4,000 years of Jewish history and how Jews have gone about interpreting, treasuring, and adding to texts through times of political challenges and cultural changes….

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Photo above: Rabbi David Hill during his trip to the USSR in 1981. (Citation: Photographs and Negatives, 1981-1982. David Hill Papers; P-888; box 1, folder 8; American Jewish Historical Society, New York, NY, and Boston, MA.) Project Update: Digitization of Soviet Jewry collections from the American Jewish Historical Society  Thanks to generous support from the National Historical Publications & Records Commission (NHPRC), the Center for…

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By Pulpit & Press: German Reform Comes to America

Exhibition on view through October 25, 2014at the Center for Jewish History (15 West 16th Street, NYC) (Above image fabricated with maps from the David Rumsey Map Collection: In the mid-to-late 19th century, many German-born rabbis left Germany to practice their faith in the United States. Isaac Leeser, Isaac Mayer Wise, David Einhorn, Max Lilienthal, and Bernard Felsen­thal educated congregants from the pulpit, spread…

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Thanksgiving Sermonsby David P. Rosenberg, M.P.A., Senior Reference Librarian – Collections, Center for Jewish History On April 30th, 1789 George Washington was inaugurated as the first President of the United States of America. On October 3rd, he declared “Thursday the Twenty-sixth Day of November next” as a day of thanksgiving. On that day, the first Thanksgiving sermon was given by the Reverend Gershom Seixas…

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