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History Timeline of Jewish People in America

History Timeline of Jewish People in America

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1630 Holland captures Pernambuco, Brazil from the Portuguese and invites Jewish settlement. A significant Jewish community develops in Recife.  (Recife is the 4 th largest metropolitan area in Brazil with 4,136,506 inhabitants.

1649 Solomon Franco was a merchant, who was granted a weekly stipend by the Puritan authorities on the condition that he leave on …

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Devarim Dvar Torah: Jewish History Lesson Time

In Parshas Devarim, Moshe retells the story of the travels and tribulations of the Jews in the desert to the Jews before they enter the land of Israel. The Haftorah is a scathing rebuke of the hypocrisy of the Jews at the time of the destruction of the Temple by Isaiah.

The connection to Tisha B’Av is obvious- that’s why it’s always read this week. But the Haftorah’s main …

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The “Top 11″ Landmarks in Jewish Women’s Labor History

The "Top 11" Landmarks in Jewish Women's Labor History

Physical places add an important dimension to our understanding of history. This was the impetus behind JWA’s effort to put Jewish women “On the Map.” This month, we have been commemorating the centennial of the Triangle factory fire, which took the lives of 146 garment workers.

The history of the labor movement in the U.S. is inextricably linked with this watershed event. It is …

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The Top 10 Jewish Women in Labor History

The Top 10 Jewish Women in Labor History

Though we at JWA celebrate women’s history all year round, March brings us the great opportunity of Women’s History Month. This year, March also brings the 100th anniversary of the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire. JWA will mark the day with a luncheon and walking tour; a whole slew of other commemorative events will be happening throughout the month. Given the centennial of this …

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Iranian Jewish history on show at Beit Hatefutsoth

An exhibition on the Jews of Iran showcasing the community’s 2,700-year-old history and rich heritage opens on Thursday at Beit Hatefutsoth in Tel Aviv.

The exhibition includes archeological and cultural artifacts, including ancient manuscripts, talismans, carpets and both secular and religious music. The exhibition also includes contemporary artworks by Iranian Jewish artists now …

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History timeline of Jewish life in Poland

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1098

Information about the Jews in Poland has began to be publicize in Polish chronicles

1170

Warsaw Jews administered the Polish mint. Many coins had Hebrew inscriptions.

1203

Jews were granted freedom to have their own land in Galicia.

1264

The General Charter of Jewish Liberties known as the Statute of Kalisz was issued by the Duke of …

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Eyewitness to Jewish History

Rabbi Benjamin Blech

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

Throughout history, Judaism and Jewish culture have enriched the entire world with revolutionary conceptions of God, justice, freedom, learning, and, indeed, the very meaning of history. Eyewitness to Jewish History brings you face-to-face with the people, places, and events that have shaped and been shaped by the Jewish experience, …

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A Short History of the Jewish People: From Legendary Times to Modern Statehood

A Short History of the Jewish People: From Legendary Times to Modern Statehood

Raymond P. Scheindlin

Publisher: Oxford University Press

In the United States alone, 200,000 people convert to Judaism each year. Where is the Jewish faith headed, and where has it been? What is the history of this ancient yet contemporary religion?

This comprehensive but handy volume introduces us to the major geographical, cultural, and political forces that have determined the course …

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Abraham’s Children: Race, Identity, and the DNA of the Chosen People

Jon Entine

Publisher: Grand Central Publishing

Could our sense of who we are really turn on a sliver of DNA? In our multiethnic world, questions of individual identity are becoming increasingly unclear. Now in ABRAHAM’S CHILDREN bestselling author Jon Entine vividly brings to life the profound human implications of the Age of Genetics while illuminating one of today’s most …

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2000 Years of Jewish History

Rabbi Chaim Schloss

Publisher: Feldheim

Hold a large piece of Jewish history in your hand with this monumental volume. An eminently readable, historically precise account of Jewish history from the destruction of the Second Temple until the Twentieth Century, this book is the first of its kind. The author, a renowned educator and historian, accurately and vividly transcribes historical …

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American Jewish History - A JPS Guide

Norman H. Finkelstein

Publisher: JPS

A concise and colorful history of the Jewish people in the United States.

This new addition to the JPS Guide series chronicles the extraordinary history of American Jewry. Finkelstein tells the dramatic 350-year story of the people and events that shaped the lives of today’s American Jews.

Divided into six time periods, American Jewish History …

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A History of the Jewish People

Haim H. Ben Sasson

Publisher: Harvard Univ. Press

“This ambitious history by six Hebrew University scholars seeks to encompass the full range of the Jewish experience in nationhood and exile. It is an impressive work…considering the necessary compression–5,000 years and a scattering of settings virtually worldwide covered in just over 1,100 pages–the work is an achievement of …

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You Never Call! You Never Write!: A History of the Jewish Mother

Joyce Antler

Publisher: Oxford University Press

In You Never Call, You Never Write, Joyce Antler provides an illuminating and often amusing history of one of the best-known figures in popular culture–the Jewish Mother. Whether drawn as self-sacrificing or manipulative, in countless films, novels, radio and television programs, stand-up comedy, and psychological and historical studies, …

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The Dynamics of American Jewish History: Jacob Rader Marcus’s Essays on American Jewry

Jacob Rader Marcus, Gary Phillip Zola (editor)

Publisher: Brandeis University Press

Sheds light on how Jacob Rader Marcus—one of the twentieth century’s most influential American Jewish historians—conceptualized his understanding of the American Jewish experience.

Jacob Rader Marcus (1896–1995), scholar, professor, and rabbi, was called the Dean of American …

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Shared Dreams: Martin Luther King, Jr. & the Jewish Community

Many people are familiar with the story of Jewish support for the American civil rights movement, but this history has another side -

one that has not been fully told until now.

Shared Dreams brings to life the impressive, surprising, and long-neglected history of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s efforts in support of the Jewish community. This is a story that sheds new light on the …

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The Phases Of Jewish History

Philip Ginsbury, Raphael Cutler

Publisher: Devora Publishing

Just as the moon waxes and wanes, so too civilizations pass through stages of birth, growth, and decline. But only the Jewish nation has continued this cycle from generation to generation, mimicking the eternal cycles of the moon.

This fact-filled volume explores the history of the Jewish people in a unique and readable way, …

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Day by Day in Jewish Sports History

Day by Day in Jewish Sports History

Bob Wechsler, Bernie Scharfstein (editor)

Publisher: Ktav

The Ultimate Jewish Sports History and Trivia Book.

Have you ever gotten into an argument with someone about exactly how many National Basketball Association teams the great Larry Brown took to the playoffs?

Would you know the answer if someone asked whether Daniel Mendoza was a flamenco dancer or the world s first Jewish …

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A History of Jewish Opposition to Zionism

Yakov M. Rabkin

Publisher: Zed Books

There’s a crack in everything, that’s how the light gets in. These words by the poet Leonard Cohen could aptly describe this book, which takes history as a witness to the exceptional nature of Zionism in Jewish history. It explains many points of discord between the political ideology of Zionism and what most people consider Judaism. It also shows …

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The Jewish Woman Next Door: Repairing the World One Step at a Time

The Jewish Woman Next Door: Repairing the World One Step at a Time

Debby Flancbaum

Publisher: Urim Publications

The Jewish Woman Next Door: Repairing the World One Step at a Time is a collection of absorbing essays about contemporary Jewish women – some known throughout the world, others known only in their own communities – who engage in extraordinary acts of kindness.

Although the women featured in this book come from all walks of …

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Looking Backward: True Stories from Chicago’s Jewish History

Walter Roth

Publisher: Academy Chicago Publishers

The history of Jews in Chicago is a fascinating, complex and largely unknown story. Thanks to the unstinting efforts of Walter Roth, much of this history has been preserved.

Now, for the first time, this material has been distilled into a single volume, chronicling events and people from the late nineteenth century to the end of World …

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Codex Judaica - Chronological Index of Jewish History

Mattis Kantor

Publisher: Zichron Press

This book is a digest of the history of Biblical and Talmudic times, post Talmudic scholars (major events in their lives) and events that affected Jewish life in general, until this day. The scope of this book – which places emphasis on the proper sequence of events – is very specific. Events are listed in their year of occurrence unless …

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The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Jewish History and Culture

The Complete Idiot's Guide to Jewish History and Culture

Rabbi Benjamin Blech

Publisher: Alpha Books

The “Complete Idiot’s Guide” contains easy-to-follow coverage of all of Jewish history, including profiles of Biblical, religious, and political leaders, such as Abraham, Moses, King David, and Golda Meir. …

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Jewish LIteracy: The Most Important Things To Know About the Jewish Religion, Its People, And Its History

Rabbi Joseph Trlushkin

Publisher: William Morrow

Rabbi Joseph Trlushkin

Publisher: William Morrow

In 1988, Rabbi Joseph Telushkin undertook a mission to heal “Jewish ignorance,” an affliction whose symptoms include the ability to name the three components of the Trinity, coupled with an inability to explain mitzvah. Telushkin’s contribution to the cure is his wide-ranging, …

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Crash Course in Jewish History: 5000 Years in 5 Hours - 5-Cassette Set

Rabbi Berel Wein

Publisher: The Destiny Foundation

All of Jewish history in five tapes!

Become conversant with the fantastic story of the Jewish people over the ages. Buy Rabbi Berel Wein’s “Crash Course in Jewish History” and become knowledgeable in this great story of civilization.

The Jewish story is almost 4000 years old. It extends from Abraham leaving Mesopotamia until the …

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20th anniversary of Brooklyn race riots marked

20th anniversary of Brooklyn race riots marked

In the back of an empty Jewish deli in Brooklyn, two central figures from race riots that broke out 20 years ago Friday sat together at a wooden table before a plate of corned beef sandwiches.Carmel Cato lost his son, Gavin, when the seven-year-old black boy was crushed in an auto accident involving a motorcade of a Jewish religious leader.

Norman Rosenbaum’s brother, Yankel, was …

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U.S. Jewish leaders: Republican candidate Rick Perry’s Bernanke outburst not anti-Semitic

American Jewish leaders are expressing concern over declarations by Republican presidential candidates that emphasize the candidates’ Christian faith and their devotion to religious values. Jewish leaders firmly reject suggestions, however, that an attack by candidate Rick Perry, the Texas governor, on Federal Reserve chairman Ben Bernanke during a campaign speech in Iowa earlier this …

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The Greatest Jewish Basketball Team

When I told friends and colleagues that I was researching and writing a book about a Jewish basketball team, I was often met with a hesitation or a stunned look. Why are you writing a book? Well, many people write books, I would often answer, and I wanted to take a crack at it myself.

No, the most common questions were the following: Did Jews play basketball? Was it a professional …

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World Jewish Film Festival

World Jewish Film Festival

The world Jewish festival is a international event that is held every year at the International Convention Center in Ashkelon. This year the festival will consist of films from all over the world and will feature documentaries and short films.

This year the festival will also showcase the public will be viewing 80 films from 20 countries that will be competing for prizes. The films will be …

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‘Next generation’ of European Jewish leaders in Israel

The Ministry of Information and the Diaspora, in conjunction with Jewish educational organization World ORT, has brought a group of 32 Jewish teenagers from across Europe to Israel for a three-week youth leadership program aimed at fostering leadership skills and reinforcing communities across the continent.

The group, consisting of 15-17- year-olds from western and eastern Europe, …

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This Month in History: Tammuz

Chodesh Tov! Today we are celebrating the new month of Tammuz.

Throughout Jewish history, many exciting things have happened during the month of Tammuz.

3 Tammuz , 1500–1390 BCE:  Joshua asked God to stop the sun to help win the Battle of Gibeon

5 Tammut , 429 BCE: Ezikiel’s vision of the “Merkava”, the Chariot of God

6 Tammuz , 1976 CE: The Entebee Operation was carried …

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