Descendants gather to honor Eastern European Jews who came to homestead on the plains.
In 1900 Harlem was the world’s largest Jewish community, after Krakow and the Lower East Side.
The City of Toledo, Spain, has opened an advanced studies of Spanish Jewry course for 50 tour guides.
The history of American Jews is heavily weighted toward the East Coast. A new exhibit at the Autry National Center helps tilt the balance to the other side of the continental divide.
Esther saved the Jewish people because, so they say, she was smart and brave. When she learned of the genocidal plot of Haman, the vizier to her husband, King Ahasueres of Persia, she revealed that she was a Jew and pleaded for her people to be spared.
Who knew that the American West’s most famous fight had plenty to do with Josephine Sarah Marcus Earp, the Jewish wife of Wyatt Earp?
While attending a major Las Vegas tech conference for work a couple of years ago, I found myself following a Hasidic couple around the convention center. Their presence at the tradeshow was not completely shocking — many religious Jews work in consumer electronics sales (just look behind the counter at B&H in New York City — but I was delighted to catch a glimpse of them. We made our way slowly through the tightly packed throng gawking at the gargantuan Intel Booth — they, making casual conversation about operating systems in Yiddish, and I eavesdropping gleefully from a few paces behind. The wife doubled back for a moment and bumped into me. “Anshuldik mir,” I squeaked. Excuse me. The look of utter surprise on her face stayed with me for weeks.
President Barack Obama has spent a lot of time recently with old Jewish documents. He visited the Franklin Institute to check out the Dead Sea Scrolls exhibit.
Bernard Bellush, a historian and activist, has died of natural causes at age 94.
High-tech scientists are using computers and ultraviolet images to gather fragments of the Cairo genizah. So far, they’ve pieced together 1,000 documents from 350,000 tiny scraps.