Section Jewish History : 24JEWISH ALERTS large selection in each section

The Jewish Americans (1 & 2): They Came to Stay & A World of Their Own

11.08.2013

Originally broadcast on PBS, The Jewish-Americans covers 350 years in the lives of Jews who have struggled to maintain their religious identity and still be fully accepted as Americans. It is a story at once specific and universal, one that can be appreciated by any ethnic or religious minority who tests whether “democracy, like America, can find room for everyone.”

Beginning with 23 Jewish exiles seeking safe haven in New Amsterdam in 1654, writer-director David Grubin does an admirable job of charting the often rocky and treacherous course for Jews in this country, and their personal “tug of war between being American and being a Jew.” Do they consider themselves Jewish-Americans, or American Jews? Carl Reiner, Mandy Patinkin, Sid Caesar, Jules Feiffer, playwright Tony Kushner, and Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg are among the more recognizable personalities who offer illuminating commentary and bittersweet reminiscences. But Grubin presents what he calls “an ensemble of voices” rather than “a star-studded parade.” Authors, historians, sociologists, academics, and rabbis share a rich personal and cultural history.

Narrated by Liev Schreiber, The Jewish-Americans is comprised of three two-hour episodes, “They Came to Stay,” “The Best of Times, the Worst of Times,” and “Home.” Each is a richly textured tapestry of talking heads, still photos, archival footage, and audio and film clips (the inevitable Gentleman’s Agreement), and reveal how Jews have become woven into the fabric of Jewish life. Songwriter Irving Berlin wrote “God Bless America,” and the holiday classics “White Christmas” and “Easter Parade.” Jerry Siegel and Joe Schuster created Superman.

Another crossover pop culture success was Gertrude Berg as Molly Goldberg of the Bronx, offering sage advice and homespun wisdom on radio, television and the movies. One illuminating segment reveals how assimilated movie mogul Louis B. Mayer’s Andy Hardy films, with their “fairy tale visions of small town life,” were the “American fantasies of a Jewish immigrant.” Anti-Semitism rears its ugly head throughout the series. Grubin captures the hysteria surrounding the murder trial of Georgia factory worker Leo Franks, who, in 1915, was falsely convicted in the murder of 13-year-old Mary Phagan, and subsequently lynched by a homicidal mob. The segment that addresses the Holocaust documents America’s indifference in dealing with Hitler’s “Final Solution.” Grubin notes how political activism has long been a part of Jewish-American life, and how Jews took an active role in the Civil Rights struggle.

As the old saying goes, you don’t have to be Jewish to be compelled and profoundly moved by this ambitious documentary miniseries. But it couldn’t hurt. –Donald Liebenson

The Jewish Americans (3): The Best of Times, the Worst of Times

11.08.2013

The Jewish Americans (4): Home

11.08.2013

Liepaja Massacre A Jewish Tragedy The killing pits Massacre de Liepaja, les fosses de la mort

 16.02.2014

Il s’agit de ma musique illustrant les massacres devant des fosses, dans les pays baltes, Liepaja en 1941 ayant fait l’objet de photos prises par les nazis

WJC Says Hungarian Government is Falsifying History
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The World Jewish Congress (WJC) on Saturday accused Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban’s government of trying to “falsify” history, adding its voice to concerns about Holocaust commemorations this year, AFP reports. “The attempt to falsifyhistory 
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During the first years of the 20th Century the Jewish population of Eretz Yisrael — Palestine — suffered terribly. A massive plague of locusts, famine and disease hit the community hard. Ottoman officials harassed, tortured, imprisoned and expelled 
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It is one of the darkest periods in French history. During the Second World War around 76,000 Jews were deported from France and sent to almost certain death at Nazi extermination camps. Among them were more than 11,400 children, often separated from 
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Against the backdrop of campaigns in several European countries to outlaw circumcision and ritual slaughter, the move by Spain and Portugal to redress its history of oppression by extending citizenship to Sephardi Jews might be interpreted as a 
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Adventures in San Diego Jewish History, September 20, 1957, Part 2
San Diego Jewish World
Attention Family Historians: If you would like a JPG photo copy of any “Adventures in San Diego Jewish History” article that has been reprinted on the San Diego Jewish World website, simply copy the website address of the article, and send it along 
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New Southern Jewish culture center at the College of Charleston to highlight 
Charleston Post Courier
As the College of Charleston launches the Pearlstine/Lipov Center for Southern Jewish Culture, experts Adam Mendelsohn and Dale Rosengarten compiled this timeline of Charleston’s rich Jewish history for The Post and Courier. 1669: Carolina’s 
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Its official!
Destiny is sailing away to the beautiful Dalmatian Coast of Croatia. Come away with us as we embark on our own private mega yacht to the enchanting medieval cities, turquoise waters, and rugged mountains that make Croatia the jewel of the Adriatic Sea. With an adventurous spirit throughout, it’s easy to see why this small Mediterranean country is being called a “must-do” destination.
According to Travel and Leisure magazine they had this to say about the beautiful Dalmatian Coast – “So what’s the appeal? The landscape, for starters. This is the most stunning coastline in Europe: a mix of limpid bays, craggy bluffs, vineyards, olive groves, and forests of cypress and pine. Remarkably well preserved ancient towns hold vivid examples of Greek, Roman, Venetian, and Slavic architecture. The sailing and yachting scene here rivals any other, with hundreds of ports and dozens of marinas and countless natural inlets scattered across a thousand islands.” Not only that but there is rich Jewish History here going back to the 13th Century!
Spend days cruising around impressive coastlines, exploring lush national parks, wandering through medieval towns or rolling off the boat into warm, turquoise water.
TOUR INCLUDES:
  • Mini-course in Jewish History course: The Great War = 100 Years Later
  • 5 Star Accommodations –★ ★ ★ ★ ★
  • Gourmet Kosher Dining / Naomi Catering of Jerusalem
  • Activities Based on Ability
  • Daf Yomi and Minyan Daily
  • Professional Tour Guides
  • our own private mega-yacht, the “Panorama” (details attached.) click here for boat details
Cities we will visit:
ZAGREB, DUBROVNIK, MLJET ISLAND, HVAR, BRAC, ZADAR, RIJEKA, PLITVICE NATIONAL PARK, ROVINJ, PULA, TRIESTE
 
We will once again enjoy superb catering from Eric and Naomi of Naomi Boutique Tours who will provide delectable dining and will attend to every detail.
There is very limited space on this tour. Only 17 rooms are available and 4 are already sold!  So, if you are interested PLEASE be in touch as soon as possible.
Hope to hear from you all soon!
Elaine
The  Destiny Foundation
800-499-9346 (WEIN)
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