Menachem Wecker


Remembering a 20-Year Protest for Soviet Jewry

By Menachem Wecker

Photo Courtesy of the Jewish Historical Society of Greater Washington Read More


Jews of the Civil Rights Movement

By Menachem Wecker

Jews of the Civil Rights Movement
Among the more than 200 items which are slated to appear in the Library of Congress exhibit “The Civil Rights Act of 1964: A Long Struggle for Freedom” in Washington, D.C. — which will be on view until September 12, 2015 — are documents written by civil rights leaders, newspaper clippings, legal briefs and artwork.Read More


The Wonder Women of Video

By Menachem Wecker

The Wonder Women of Video
A new exhibit at the National Museum of Women in the Arts explores female contributions to early video art, which coincided with the rise of feminism.Read More


All God’s Griffins Got Wings at Cleveland Synagogue

By Menachem Wecker

All God’s Griffins Got Wings at Cleveland Synagogue
Winged lions and Orthodox temples don’t usually go together. In the midst of a renovation, Cleveland’s historic Green Road Synagogue ponders removing the griffins for aesthetic reasons.Read More


Mystical Gardening and Digital Art

By Menachem Wecker

Mystical Gardening and Digital Art
Growing up in central New Jersey in the early 1950s, Allen Hirsh knew virtually nothing about Judaism as a religion. “My family was rather typical of the community: extremely left-wing labor Zionists,” he said of his parents, who spoke Yiddish at least half of the time in the house. Hirsh’s father, a chicken farmer-turned-landscaper, went to kheyder for 11 years and “was considered a Yiddish language scholar by other farmers,” Hirsh said. His father, he notes, took several “extended trips” to Israel during the Suez crisis “to help build the fledgling chicken industry at Kibbutz Gesher HaZiv in northern Israel.”Read More



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