After Georgia, New Hope for a Black-Jewish Alliance?

In honor of Martin Luther King Day, Professor Jonathan Kaufman reflects on the cooperation of Jews and Blacks in the Georgia Senate race, asking if it is a harbinger of renewed coalitions. by Jonathan Kaufman. As the country reels from the assault on the Capitol, Georgia’s election of two Democratic senators—one Black, one Jewish—is creating… Continue reading After Georgia, New Hope for a Black-Jewish Alliance?

The Future of Jewish Media

A student journalist and Ruderman Scholar in Jewish Studies on the changing landscape in Jewish journalism by Deanna Schwartz. In April, the world’s oldest Jewish newspaper, the UK’s Jewish Chronicle, shut down for good. They’re not the only Jewish media outlet to shutter recently — over the past 10 years, Jewish media has suffered greatly,… Continue reading The Future of Jewish Media

Secrets of the Sixth Candle

By Lori Hope Lefkovitz Image above: Italian Chanukah menorah (17th or 18th century) featuring Judith, in the Victoria and Albert Museum. The Dawn of History At this season, when daylight hours are few and all around us people are displaying decorative lights—on homes, in windows, on evergreens—I like to imagine a time when the planet… Continue reading Secrets of the Sixth Candle

Celebrating Sukkot in a pandemic

by Deborah Levisohn Stanhill. This week, Jews around the world celebrate the holiday of Sukkot. After the introspection of the High Holidays, we open ourselves once again to the world around us in joyous celebration of the fall harvest season. One of the commandments (mitzvah) of the holiday is to build, and metaphorically live in,… Continue reading Celebrating Sukkot in a pandemic

An Outside View Inside Israeli Druze Society

A Northeastern Professor Reflects on his Time Living in a Druze Town by William F.S. Miles. As recent protests in Jerusalem attest, no ethno-religious group has been as much disturbed by Israel’s new nationality law as the Druze. For sure, parliamentary ratification of a collective destiny for Israel’s Jewish citizens alone, and the concomitant elimination… Continue reading An Outside View Inside Israeli Druze Society

Northeastern Students Build Tools to Remember and Teach about the Holocaust

Photo from the 2019 Ruderman Lecture, Jessie Sigler left, Yael Sheinfeld right Gideon Klein Scholar Yael Sheinfeld '21 and Ruderman Scholar Jessie Sigler '20 Present about their Work Improving Public Knowledge of the Holocaust By Simon Rabinovitch. On September 24, Northeastern University's Holocaust and Genocide Awareness Committee held the first of its events rescheduled from… Continue reading Northeastern Students Build Tools to Remember and Teach about the Holocaust

An Introduction to Yiddish and Klezmer Music through the Northeastern University Library

Painting (above) by Isaak Asknaziy, 1893. By Debra H. Mandel. The library has various media resources on Yiddish and Klezmer music, which thrived in Eastern Europe and America amongst Ashkenazi Jews during the 19th century through the mid-20th century. The genre was further shaped by American jazz. Klezmer musicians performed at life-cycle functions and took… Continue reading An Introduction to Yiddish and Klezmer Music through the Northeastern University Library

Summer Vacation in the Catskills via the Catskills Institute Website

By Phil Brown. Pack a few trunks and valises, call the “hack” or load your car, and drive to the Catskills for a communal vacation.  That’s what millions of Jews did for over a century, and many still do.  They took their communities from major east coast cities and set them up for the summer… Continue reading Summer Vacation in the Catskills via the Catskills Institute Website