Anti-Immigrant Bias

POSTPONED Usable History in Times of Crisis:  Reflections on 10 Years of Living in the Past

By Ellen Resnek / Tuesday, May 7, 2024 / Comments Off on POSTPONED Usable History in Times of Crisis:  Reflections on 10 Years of Living in the Past

POSTONED In the summer of 2014 Tammy Hepps moved to Squirrel Hill for one year to research her family’s ancestral Jewish community of Homestead, Pennsylvania.  Ten years later, she’s still […]

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Jewish Ameican Heritage Month

By Ellen Resnek / Wednesday, April 17, 2024 / Comments Off on Jewish Ameican Heritage Month

Jewish American Heritage Month (JAHM) every May honors the rich contributions and unique stories of Jewish Americans. It showcases the deep connections between Jewish communities and the diverse tapestry of […]

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The Association of Jewish Libraries offers the Love Your Neighbor series of book lists, Book List #8: Israel, Revised Edition

By Ellen Resnek / Thursday, November 2, 2023 / Comments Off on The Association of Jewish Libraries offers the Love Your Neighbor series of book lists, Book List #8: Israel, Revised Edition

In response to rising anti-Semitism in the United States and around the world, the Association of Jewish Libraries offers the Love Your Neighbor series of book lists, intended to provide […]

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Day 1 Marching Down Freedom’s Road By Sarah Smith

By Ellen Resnek / Saturday, June 10, 2023 / Comments Off on Day 1 Marching Down Freedom’s Road By Sarah Smith

We began our journey by meeting in the brisk morning air outside of Rodef Shalom & receiving our Classrooms Without Borders merch!  After a few hours of sleep we stopped […]

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International Day for Tolerance

By Ellen Resnek / Sunday, November 6, 2022 / Comments Off on International Day for Tolerance

In 1996, the UN General Assembly adopted Resolution 51/95 proclaiming 16 November as International Day for Tolerance. This action followed the adoption of a Declaration of Principles on Tolerance by […]

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Ghetto Wall- Warsaw by Starlo Galetta

By Ellen Resnek / Sunday, July 3, 2022 / Comments Off on Ghetto Wall- Warsaw by Starlo Galetta

I learned her hopes and dreams and it seemed I knew her.

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Reflection by Teresa McCombs

By Ellen Resnek / Sunday, July 3, 2022 / Comments Off on Reflection by Teresa McCombs

“And now a prayer—or rather, a piece of advice: let there be comradeship among you.  We are all brothers, and we are all suffering the same fate.  The same smoke floats over all or heads.  Help one another.  It is the only way to survive.”  – Elie Wiesel, Night

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Hidden History: by Michelle Szydlowski

By Ellen Resnek / Sunday, July 3, 2022 / Comments Off on Hidden History: by Michelle Szydlowski

Perhaps living in an area with such a heavy history requires local inhabitants to compartmentalize the past to function in the present.

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Poland Seminar Day 1- June 26 By Michele Russo

By Ellen Resnek / Monday, June 27, 2022 / Comments Off on Poland Seminar Day 1- June 26 By Michele Russo

The power of their writing is a witness to what happened and was also used in actual trials as evidence of Nazi war crimes.

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Sunday June 26 by Sondra S. Ettlinger

By Ellen Resnek / Monday, June 27, 2022 / Comments Off on Sunday June 26 by Sondra S. Ettlinger

As the War in Poland was winding to an end and the Jews had been gathered into the Warsaw Ghetto, it was important to those who were left to leave their story for the future in order to offset the propaganda that was being generated by the victors.

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