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Women in HistoryNobel Prize Winnersby David P. Rosenberg, M.P.A., Reference Services Research Coordinator, Center for Jewish History I recently researched women with Jewish roots who have won the Nobel Prize. Seven people hold the distinction in a range of topics from medicine to chemistry to literature: Gerty Cori was the third woman, and the first American woman, to win the prize when she won for…

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3Wj8RpthptwSQ0lz1nnQNJ Theodore Bikel Sings “Mu Asapru”by J.D. Arden, M.L.I.S. candidate, Reference Services Research Intern, Center for Jewish History Click here for audio. Here is a classic Passover song which can be a fun challenge in counting backwards in Yiddish after drinking wine.  מה אספּרה, מה אדברה אותךװער קען זאָגן, װער קען רעדן װאָס די 1 באַטײַטאיינער איז גאָט, און גאָט איז איינער, און װײַטער…

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Women in the Performing ArtsBertha Kalich: Star of the New York Stageby J.D. Arden, M.L.I.S. candidate, Reference Services Research Intern, Center for Jewish History Above image: Yiddish theater poster for Bertha Kalich in Midway at Irving Place Theatre. c/o American Jewish Historical Society. Bertha Kalich was born in 1874 in Lemberg in the Austro-Hungarian province of Galicia, what is today Lvov, Ukraine. Her father…

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50 years of The Feminine Mystique

by Melanie J. Meyers, M.S., Senior Reference Librarian, Center for Jewish History “Each suburban wife struggled with it alone. As she made the beds, shopped for groceries, matched slipcover material, ate peanut butter sandwiches with her children, chauffeured Cub Scouts and Brownies, lay beside her husband at night—she was afraid to ask even of herself the silent question—’Is this all?’ ”— Betty Friedan, The…

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It Came From the Stacks! by Zachary Loeb, MSIS, Patron Services Librarian, Center for Jewish History A hoofed, horned and tailed devil uses a lengthy feather to tickle the nose of a grinning bearded man wearing a pointed skullcap. The little devil sits atop a Samekh and the feather winds its way through the Yiddish word “Groyser” en route to the nose being tickled….

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Children’s book: Dos ḳetsele. by Leib Kvitko (1890-1952). Illustrated by Y. Dats. Odessa, 1935. 10 pages long. YIVO Institue for Jewish Research. A little boy and his kitten are best friends and play together day and night. But instead of catching mice at home, the kitten plays and dances with them. When the boy’s mother finds this out, she throws the kitten out of…

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Fifth Day Hanukkah and the National Jewish Welfare Boardby David P. Rosenberg, Senior Reference Librarian – Collections, Center for Jewish History Above image: Chaplain Samuel W. Chomsky lights the traditional Hanukkah candles, December 19, 1954. Text on back of photograph: “Over 300 servicemen and veteran patients of all faiths were the guests of the Beverly Hills B’nai B’rith Men’s Lodge at a USO-Jewish Welfare…

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Philanthropy Among the Landsmanshaftn

by Sarah Ponichtera, Processing Archivist, Center for Jewish History The landsmanshaftn collections of the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research here at the Center illuminate the complex role of philanthropy in immigrant Jewish culture. Although the majority of the records concern apparently mundane affairs of collecting dues and reserving graves, buying Israel bonds and making dinner reservations for meetings, their constitutions reveal a wide array…

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Happy Birthday, Robert Louis Stevenson!by Melanie J. Meyers, M.S., Senior Reference Librarian, Center for Jewish History Robert Louis Stevenson was born yesterday in the year 1850 in Scotland. He was a prolific and popular author in his time, enjoying a great deal of success until he fell out of critical favor after World War II. In the latter part of the 20th century, his…

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