September 27: Will Maslow

Will Maslow, executive director of the American Jewish Congress from 1960 to 1972, at the height of its civil rights involvements, was born in the Ukraine on this date in 1907. During World War II, Maslow served as first director of President Franklin Roosevelt’s Committee on Fair Employment Practices, which Roosevelt created at the urging […]

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Black Liberation and Jewish Identity

From the Spring 2014 issue of Jewish Currents The exploitation and oppression of African Americans have been defining features of our country’s history since the first black slaves were hauled ashore in the Virginia colony in 1619. Black servitude was a keystone of our country’s wealth for more than two centuries, and underpaid black labor […]

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February 4: Evan Wolfson and Freedom to Marry

Evan Wolfson, founder and executive director of Freedom to Marry, a leading same-sex marriage advocacy group, was born in Brooklyn on this date in 1957. A graduate of Harvard Law, Wolfson worked for Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund and became a legal expert of the same-sex marriage movement. He co-wrote an amicus brief in […]

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January 28: Widows, Orphans, and Hannah Bachman Einstein

Hannah Bachman Einstein, a German Jewish social reformer who demanded and won state support for destitute mothers and their children, was born in New York on this date in 1862. As president of Temple Emanu-El’s Sisterhood for twenty-five years, she became heavily involved in the lives of poor Jewish immigrants in New York, and in […]

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January 7: The Civil Rights Attorney

Civil rights attorney Jack Greenberg was one of twenty-eight Americans awarded the Presidential Citizens Medal by President Bill Clinton on this date in 2001. Greenberg succeeded Thurgood Marshall as director-counsel of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, a position in which he served from 1961 to 1984, and also founded the Mexican-American Legal Defense […]

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New in Our Multi-Media Room: “The 99%”

During the Occupy Wall Street encampment in Zuccotti Park, Matthew Septimus took many hundreds of wonderful photographs of demonstrators, visitors, police, and others connected to OWS. More than 200 of these portraits are presented in “The 99%,” with music by Gamelan Son of Lion, composed by Laura Liben, new at the JCultcha Gallery Multi-Media Room.

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