The Weekly News Nosh
JewishGen Weekly E-Newsletter
Phil Goldfarb, Editor
Date: October 16, 2022
“A Family Without The Knowledge Of Their Past History, Origin And Culture Is Like A Tree Without Roots”
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Enjoy this week’s Nosh!
- JewishGen Free Virtual Webinar on October 19th: Overview of American Genealogy Collections at the Center for Jewish History. Join this expert panel for an American perspective of genealogy collections held at NYC's Center for Jewish History. Focusing on identifying Jews in America, learn how to navigate materials online, offline, and held elsewhere such as JewishGen.org and Ancestry.com. The American Jewish Historical Society will be featured, with special collections held at YIVO, Leo Baeck, and the American Sephardi Federation introduced, demonstrated, and explained. Click here to register now. Please note that the time of 2:00 pm is in Eastern Standard Time.
- Ukraine Research Division: 89,000 New Records Added to the Ukraine Database. These new collections on JewishGen represent the results of a year-long effort to transcribe these records and make them searchable and is the first of many planned updates over the course of the next 12 months and in the future. This project is the largest update they have ever made and is due to significant amounts of volunteer time, new technology and financial investment that has enabled them to index records from images that have been made publicly accessible by Alex Krakovsky in Ukraine. To search the database, please click here. To view a list of towns that have been covered with this latest update, please click here.To learn more about this project, please click here.
- Findmypast Announces Brand New Military Wills, Service Records and More Released Online. Thanks to Dick Eastman’s EOGN, these records are primarily from the United Kingdom. Read more about the different new records available: https://eogn.com/page-18080/12954085
- The ancient Jewish practice of Hakhel, an every-7-years gathering, gets a 21st-century revival. Every seven years, in ancient times, Jewish men, women, and children would gather at the Temple on the first day of Sukkot to hear the king of Jerusalem read aloud from the Torah. In 2022, there’s no king and no Temple, and more than half of all Jews live far from Jerusalem — but the ritual is still inspiring Jews around the world to gather together. In fact, the tradition, known as Hakhel, appears to be seeing a resurgence of popular interest. Read the story from JTA: The ancient Jewish practice of hakhel, an every-7-years gathering, gets a 21st-century revival - Jewish Telegraphic Agency (jta.org)
- The Jewish History of Prague. A snapshot of Prague’s Jewish history and legacy. Historically, Prague was the capital of Bohemia and is today located in the Czech Republic. Jewish life in Prague has been documented at least as early as 970 C.E. By the end of the 11th century, a Jewish community had been fully established in Prague. Read the interesting history from Aish: The Jewish History of Prague - aish.com
- The Jew Who Really Was…Remembering Ewen Montagu. In the Netflix film Operation Mincemeat, Colin Firth plays Ewen Montagu, a real-life British intelligence operative whose deception of the German High Command saved literally thousands of Allied troops in 1943. Ewen Montagu took special pride in outwitting Hitler in light of his family’s background. What the movie fails even to hint at is that Montagu’s ancestors constituted one of the most conspicuous, powerfully connected, and philanthropically committed of all Jewish families, with members playing distinguished roles in politics, business, the arts, and synagogue leadership. Read the story from Commentary Magazine: The Jew Who Really Was - Michael Medved, Commentary Magazine
- Was this Jewish prayer book printed before the Gutenberg Bible? Book dealer Moshe Rosenfeld says he has proof that a Jewish prayer book was printed in southern France in 1444. He believes that the first printed book in the West is a siddur that includes piyyutim for Sukkot, published in a French publishing house in 1444. If he is right about his discovery, the history books will have to be rewritten in order to credit the Jewish people with a significant contribution to the development of mankind. Read the story from Harretz: Was This Siddur Printed Before the Gutenberg Bible? - Israel News - Haaretz.com
- ‘Who Do You Think You Are?’ Reboot In Limbo At NBC After One Season. Deadline understands that the network has parked the show, which returned in July after nearly 10 years after it first aired on NBC, with no current plans for a second season. A final decision is expected to come in early 2023. Read the story from Deadline: ‘Who Do You Think You Are?’ Reboot Parked NBC After One Season – Deadline
- The Jewish History of Candy Cigarettes. This retro candy has a surprising Jewish legacy behind it. Sam Cohen, and his brother, Leon Cohen, built the World Confections factory in 1952 in Brooklyn, NY. World Confections, Inc., is the vendor responsible for just about every box of the white candy sticks you see on the market today. And yes, the candies were never advertised as “cigarettes” — in fact, “sticks” was the preferred term. Read the fun story about candy cigarettes from The Nosher: The Jewish History of Candy Cigarettes | The Nosher (myjewishlearning.com)
- Long Island’s new Jewish history museum means business. A new exhibit opened at the Holocaust Memorial and Tolerance Center in Nassau County’s Glen Cove. The exhibit, “Earning a Living: 300 Years of Jewish Businesses on Long Island,” focuses on the early history of Jewish businesses on the island, from farmers to peddlers to even a bootlegger who manufactured his own alcohol during the Prohibition era. Read the story from JTA: Long Island’s new Jewish history museum means business - Jewish Telegraphic Agency (jta.org)
- Contemporary art meets ancient stones in Jerusalem. “Arteology: The Power of the Ancients in Contemporary Form” is on display in an underground cistern next to the 2,000-year-old foundation stones of the Western Wall. Contemporary art might not be the first thing on the minds of visitors to the remnants of ancient Jerusalem, but this Sukkot a ground-breaking exhibit brought art and archaeology together 20 feet under the Western Wall. Read the story from JNS: Contemporary art meets ancient stones in Jerusalem - JNS.org
- Anti-Semitism: 2000 Years Of History. Jonathan Hayoun’s four-part documentary about the world’s longest hatred, is an edifying survey of a mutating pathological phenomenon that shows no signs of abating. This nearly four-hour French production, with English subtitles, is panoramic in scope and substance. The narrative is supplemented by 3D historical reconstructions, illustrations, photographs, newsreels and commentaries from European and American historians and public figures. As a primer, it is educational, illuminating and, ultimately, unsettling and disturbing. It may come as a surprise that the first known incident of anti-Jewish violence occurred in antiquity. In 38 AD, in the cosmopolitan Egyptian city of Alexandria, a Greek mob attacked Jews. Read about the documentary from the Times of Israel blog: Anti-Semitism: 2000 Years Of History | Sheldon Kirshner | The Blogs (timesofisrael.com) Note: I have only found it available on the subscription site ChaiFlicks: ChaiFlicks - Watch Jewish and Israeli Movies, TV
- A Depressing State of Affairs Report: More than 350 Antisemitic Incidents Occurred on US College Campuses Last School Year. The ADL’s Campus Report documented and categorized incidents such as protests and events, BDS resolutions, vandalism, harassment and physical assault. Among the incidents, there were 165 protests/actions, 143 anti-Israel events, 20 BDS resolutions and referendums, 11 incidents of vandalism, nine instances of targeted verbal and/or written harassment and one physical assault. In response to the large number of incidents, the ADL announced that it would be “broadening its educational and programmatic investment on campus, including the launch today of an expanded online resource to support students and combat anti-Semitism on campus.” Read the story from The Jewish Journal: Report: More than 350 Antisemitic Incidents Occurred on US College Campuses Last School Year (jewishjournal.com)
- Stanford University (U.S.) apologizes for admissions limits on Jewish students in the 1950s and pledges action on steps to enhance Jewish life on campus. Stanford President Marc Tessier-Lavigne apologized on behalf of the university and pledged action on recommendations in a task force report confirming Stanford limited the admission of Jewish students in the 1950s. Read the story from JTA: Stanford U apologizes for discriminating against Jewish applicants in the 1950s - Jewish Telegraphic Agency (jta.org)
- A Proud Jewish Football Player…TDs or tallis? SMU (U.S.) wide receiver chooses both. After reading the story above about Stanford, this story was a pleasure to post! Carter Campbell, a wide receiver for the SMU Mustangs, has wrapped his passion for the sport of football in his passion for his people. Campbell’s 2022-2023 football photo shows the SMU junior wearing his tallis; the San Antonio native is proud to carry his identity to the field. “I love being a Jew, and I embrace my heritage in my everyday life. I’m a Jew, and I’m grateful for the opportunity to show that out loud.” Read the story and see his picture from Texas Jewish Post: TDs or tallis? SMU wide receiver chooses both - Texas Jewish Post (tjpnews.com)
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