September 10: Simon Dubnow

Simon Dubnow, one of the founders of modern Jewish historical scholarship and a prolific memoirist and essayist about secular Jewish life and politics in Eastern Europe, was murdered at age 81 by the Nazis during the liquidation of the Riga Ghetto on this date in 1941. Dubnow was an advocate the Haskalah, or Jewish Enlightenment, […]

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My Grandmother the Bootlegger

Bathub Vodka & Underage Rum-Runners by Cynthia F. Weisfield From the Summer 2015 issue of Jewish Currents NO ALCOHOL? It’s illegal? What kind of mishegos is that?” My grandmother Tzipporah had quickly adapted to her new world in the sheyne medine, the beautiful land that was the America of Jewish immigrant dreams. It was easy, […]

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