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Florsheim Shoes

Milton Florsheim, a Chicago cobbler who transformed the shoe industry by slapping the family name on his shoe soles and pull-up straps and then launching a chain of brand-name retail stores, was born in Chicago on this date in 1868. His father owned a shoe store. Florsheim Shoes were marketed, says his great-grandson John Florsheim, as […]

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Thoughts on Jewish-Muslim Engagement in the Era of Trump

by Benjamin Kweskin I AM very heartened to see several national Jewish organizations across the political and ideological spectrum supporting American Muslims, a community clearly under attack and on the defensive amid the unprecedented McCarthyite witch-hunt by the current presidential administration regime and many of its emboldened supporters. Only ten days after the new US […]

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American Jews Line Up Against the Trump Ban

by Ron Skolnik WITH NOT MUCH to smile about since Inauguration Day, it has been heartening to see the nearly undivided reaction of the American Jewish community to Donald Trump’s January 27 Executive Order (EO) on immigration and refugee admission – widely considered to constitute a Muslim ban. With one or two glaring exceptions — […]

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September 13: Cyrus Adler

Cyrus Adler, librarian at the Smithsonian Institution (1892-1905), chancellor of the Jewish Theological Seminary (JTS), and a founder of the American Jewish Committee, was born to German Jewish immigrants in Van Buren, Arkansas on this date in 1863. A professor of “Semitics” at Johns Hopkins University, he helped to found the Jewish Publication Society in […]

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The Menorah Journal

by Bennett Muraskin THE MENORAH JOURNAL, founded in 1915, was the leading English-language Jewish intellectual and literary journal of its era. Unfortunately, it was never fully appreciated by the secular Jewish movement of its day, and its impact on Jewish intellectual life continues to be neglected by the American Jewish community as a whole. The […]

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Jewish Troublemakers in America, Part 1

A History and An Analysis by Lawrence Bush From the Winter, 2014-15 issue (art calender) of Jewish Currents THE STREETS WERE PAVED with stones and cement, not gold, in the so-called goldene medine, “golden land,” of America, but at least a Jew could walk those sidewalks with “none to make him afraid,” as President George […]

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January 30: Barbara W. Tuchman

Popular history writer Barbara Wertheim Tuchman, the winner of two Pulitzer Prizes for her books The Guns of August (1962) and Stilwell and the American Experience in China, 1911–1945 (1972), was born into a prominent and wealthy family in New York on this date in 1912. Her father was an international banker, head of the […]

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Lithuania’s Difficult History

A Journey Into Yiddish — and Into the Holocaust by Ellen Cassedy From the Autumn, 2014 issue of Jewish Currents A SOFT SUMMER RAIN was falling as a white-haired woman made her way to the microphone in the courtyard of Vilnius University in the capital of Lithuania. “Tayere talmidim!” she began. “Dear students!” I leaned […]

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