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Ride the Trans-Siberian railway courtesy of Google! Through the power of the internets you can travel, virtually, from Moscow to Vladivostok. Listen to music, a Russian novel, or the radio. The great Trans Siberian Railway, the pride of Russia, goes across two continents, 12 regions and 87 cities. The joint project of Google and the […]

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Yiddish Tish Pariz

I wanted to point you all toward the website for Yiddish Tish Pariz: yidish tish iz an umformele grupe far mentshn vos voynen in pariz (oder noent tsu pariz, oder vos forn geveyntlekh keyn pariz) vos redn yidish, oder vos haltn zikh in lernen yidish. mir zenen umophengik, nisht farbunden mit keyn shum organizatsyes, un mir […]

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Black History Month: The hidden history of Communists in the Civil Rights movement in Alabama

In honor of Black History Month, NPR’s Tell Me More program has an interview with historian Robin D.G. Kelley. Kelley, now the Harmsworth Chair of American History at Oxford (the first African-American to hold the position), talks about the history of Communists in the civil rights movement in Alabama. He wrote about this history in […]

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A Tradition of Solidarity

Black-Jewish Relations in the Pages of Jewish Currents by Rokhl Kaffrisen I VOTED FOR OBAMA. If you’re reading Jewish Currents, you probably did, too. Throughout the past century, American Jews have voted overwhelmingly for Democrats, and in this election, more than three-quarters of American Jews did so. The surprising statistic is that my so-called peers, […]

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Vilne, Whispering

by Rokhl Kafrissen At the end of July, I flew to Lithuania for a month-long Yiddish program at the Vilnius Yiddish Institute. Right before leaving New York, I learned that prosecutors in Vilnius were investigating elderly Jews, former anti-Nazi partisans, for war crimes against Lithuanian civilians. The news seemed a joke that no one would […]

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