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Publications for Secular Jewish Kids: A History

by Bennett Muraskin Discussed in this essay: Raising Secular Jews: Yiddish Schools and Their Periodicals for American Children, 1917-1950 by Naomi Prawer Kadar. Brandeis University Press, 2017, 282 pages. READERS of Jewish Currents should already know something about the history of secular Jewish/Yiddish education in the U.S. from Barnett Zumoff’s review in Jewish Currents of […]

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March 22: Itche Goldberg and the Soul of Yiddish

Yiddish scholar, literary critic, educator, and activist Itche Goldberg was born in Opatow, Poland on this date in 1904. He lived for 102 years, founded and kept alive the  Yiddish literary journal, Yidishe Kultur, from 1964 to 2004, and was an eloquent and important theorist and cultivator of secular Jewish culture. From 1937 to 1951, […]

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Secular Jewish Education, a Critique

by Bennett Muraskin Thanks to the Sid Resnick Historical Archive at the Jewish Currents website, I recently read an article by Itche Goldberg from the September 1959 issue: “Secular Jewish Education in the U.S.A. — The Meaning of Secularism and the State of Progressive Jewish Schools.” Goldberg was for many decades the leading pedagogue among […]

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What’s Missing in Secular Jewish Communities

by Julie Gamberg Adrienne is a secular Jewish community member who wants to talk about God — or god. She grew up in an observant Jewish home, which she left for a wild youth, during which she thought very little about her Jewish identity, and even less about the supernatural. She eventually settled down with […]

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Itche Goldberg on Khayim Zhitlovsky

Earlier this year, a book entitled Eseyen Tsvey (Essays 2) was published in Yiddish. Its author, Itche Goldberg, is 102 years old! Itche (as he is lovingly called by almost all who know him) is probably the oldest living writer publishing in any language. A previous volume entitled simply Eseyen was published in 1981. Both […]

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