Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Ethan Michaeli, "The Holocaust and The Defender: Two Generations of Jewish Reporters at a Black Newspaper"

presented by the UCSC Center for Jewish Studies

Thursday, December 2, 2010, 2-3 pm
Humanities 1, Room 620
University of California, Santa Cruz

Ethan Michaeli will explore how The Chicago Defender, the nation’s most important African American newspaper for much of the twentieth century, covered the Holocaust. During the 1940s, the newspaper’s multi-racial roster of writers, including a young Jewish editor named Ben Burns, connected the struggle of African Americans for equal rights to Nazi persecution of Jews. Burns worked closely with poet Langston Hughes and others who placed the Holocaust in the top rank of their concerns. But Burns, who had started his journalistic career at the Communist publication The Daily Worker, did not address the Holocaust directly as a Jew. Instead, he subsumed his Jewish identity and re-cast himself as a “black newspaperman, black in my orientation and thinking, in my concerns and outlook, in my friends and associations, black in everything but my skin color.” A half-century later, from 1991-1996, Ethan Michaeli worked as a copy editor and investigative reporter at The Defender, during a period in which the newspaper was still one of three dailies in Chicago. For Michaeli, the child of Holocaust survivors from Hungary, working at The Defender provided a vantage point to re-evaluate American society, as well as his own identity.

Ethan Michaeli is the author of the forthcoming book, The Defender: How Chicago’s Legendary Black Newspaper Changed America, from the Age of the Pullman Porters to the Age of Obama (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, forthcoming). In 1991, Michaeli began working for The Chicago Defender, the historic African American-owned daily newspaper, where his investigative reporting on the homeless, environmental racism, and police brutality won him awards from the Chicago Association of Black Journalists and the Muhammad Ali Foundation. In 1996, Ethan launched Residents' Journal, an independent news magazine written for and by tenants of Chicago's low-income public housing developments. He and the staff of Residents' Journal have won numerous honors, including the 2006 Studs Terkel Award, and his writing has appeared in The Nation, The Chicago Tribune, In These Times, and The Forward. Michaeli's social justice work is inspired by his parents, who survived the Auschwitz concentration camp and the Nazi occupation of their native Budapest before emigrating to Israel in 1949 and the United States in 1963.

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Announcing HebrewManuscripts.org

HebrewBooks.org is pleased to announce a new website dedicated to making Hebrew Manuscripts available online for free.
HebrewManuscripts.org, has so far scanned and placed online over 1,000 Manuscripts from the Library of the Jewish Theological Seminary of America (JTS) of New York. It provides free and instant access to images digitized from microfilms of Hebrew manuscripts and other rare materials. These images were made available with the assistance of JTS. These priceless images, available on the Internet for the first time, represent a vast range of Jewish cultural heritage and include numerous historically significant items from the past 700 years. We hope to continue adding more material to this new site.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Kiev Fellowship Winners Announced

The Special Collections Research Center of the Estelle and Melvin
Gelman Library at The George Washington University is pleased to
announce the recipients of the 2010 Kiev Judaica Collection Research

Dr. Jonathan Skolnik, Assistant Professor of German at the University
of Massachusetts-Amherst is the first recipient of the newly created
fellowship. Professor Skolnik will utilize the Kiev Judaica
Collection as he develops the project "Jewish Modernism in
Context: German, Hebrew, and Yiddish Writers in 1920s Berlin,"
focusing his Kiev Collection research on the role of German-Jewish
poet Else Lasker-Schüler.

Senior GWU History major Robin Janofsky is the recipient of the
undergraduate research fellowship for her proposed project on the
American Jewish community's relationship to Abraham Lincoln.
Janofsky plans to explore collections of personal correspondence,
graphic arts, and organizational records in the Kiev Judaica
Collection in the development of her senior honors thesis.

The I. Edward Kiev Judaica Collection was established in 1996 by Dr.
Ari and Phyllis Kiev with the donation of the private library of Dr.
Kiev's father, Rabbi I. Edward Kiev (1905-1975), one of the
preeminent Judaica librarians of the 20th century. Housed since 1998
in the Kiev Room of the Estelle and Melvin Gelman Library, the
collection contains more than 28,000 volumes and supplementary
collections of Jewish graphic art, archives, printed and recorded
music, ephemera, artifacts and ritual objects. For more information


Shmuel Ben-Gad,
Gelman Library,
George Washington University.

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Hazon Food Conference

Join the thinkers and doers of the new Jewish Food Movement, where contemporary food conversations meet Jewish traditions.

December 9th-12th, 2010
Isabella Freedman Jewish Retreat Center
Falls Village, CT

December 23rd-26th, 2010
Walker Creek Ranch
Sonoma, CA

The Hazon Food Conference is the only place where farmers and rabbis, nutritionists and chefs, vegans and omnivores come together to explore the dynamic interplay of food, Jewish traditions, and contemporary life. Don't miss four days of lectures, discussions, do-it-yourself food workshops, joyful Shabbat celebrations, and delicious, consciously-prepared food.

Not sure which conference is right for you? Contact daniel@hazon.org, (212) 644-2332.

125 Maiden Lane Suite 8B, New York NY 10038, (212) 644-2332
332 Pine St Suite 600, San Francisco CA 94104, (415) 397-7020