July 21, 2017

Primary Source Spotlight: Jewish Passover

The Jewish passover of 1858 Frank Leslie's Illustrated Newspaper, 1858 April 10 American Colony (Jerusalem) Passover photos early 20th century More Passover photos Jewish Passover historical newspaper coverage Hagadat Pesaḥ ha-ḥadashah = The new Passover Haggadah 2006 book Hagadat Moriyah The Moriah Haggadah English translation and explanation of images A Genzil for the Holidays life history interview Passover related sheet music K'shimcho Passover prayer, part 1 … [Read more...]

Primary Source Spotlight: Jewish American Resources

Jewish American Heritage Month proclamations & legislation PSN Jewish American source sets Happy Hanukkah Religious Freedom Touro Synagogue Aaron Copland Gertrude Stein Sophie Tucker Featured Source: Leonard Bernstein illustrated letter guided primary source analysis activities American Memory collections The Hannah Arendt Papers Emile Berliner and the Birth of the Recording Industry The Aaron Copland Collection Yiddish Playscripts Prints & … [Read more...]

Today in History: Happy Hanukkah

Today in History–December 15–the Library of Congress features Hanukkah. The first day of the Jewish holiday commemorating the rededication of the Second Temple of Jerusalem was celebrated on this date in 2006. Also known as the Feast or Festival of Lights, Hanukkah reflects the story of a one-day supply of oil at the temple miraculously burning for eight days. Find out more by reviewing the Today in History section, then click the links below for related resources. Happy Hanukkah from the … [Read more...]

Today in History: Ralph Bunche

Today in History–December 9–the Library of Congress features Nobel Peace Prize winner Ralph Bunche, who died on this date in 1971. This trailblazing U.S. diplomat took over as mediator of the Palestine mission in 1948 and successfully negotiated an end to the first Arab-Israeli War the following year. In addition to his work with the United Nations, Bunche served as a board member for the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) for 22 years. Learn more about this … [Read more...]

Today in History: Religious Freedom

Today in History–August 17–the Library of Congress features a letter dated August 17, 1790 that George Washington penned to Moses Seixas, a prominent Jewish leader in Rhode Island, that articulated Washington’s belief in religious freedom and the first presidential affirmation of the free and equal status of Jewish-American citizens. "All possess alike liberty of conscience and immunities of citizenship It is now no more that toleration is spoken of, as if it was by the indulgence of one class … [Read more...]