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									                                                                                                                                         No. 8
                                                                                                                           Spring/Summer 2002




Center Launches                                                                                           Joshua Plaut
New Series:                                                                                               Named
                                                                                                          Executive
‘Jews And Justice’                                                                                        Director
Inaugural Event Features Lecture on Justice Benjamin N. Cardozo                                           Photographer, teacher, author,
By Andrew Kaufman of Harvard Law School                                                                   scholar, and soon to be Dr.,
                                                                                                          Joshua Eli Plaut has been
                      ith the generous support of the David Berg Foundation, the




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                                                                                                          appointed executive director of
                      Center for Jewish History has launched a new series of lectures                     the Center for Jewish History,
                      and colloquia that will explore “Jews and Justice,” the Jewish                      effective September 1, 2002.
                      contribution to the development and practice of law and legal                       Mr. Plaut succeeds Dr. Lois
                      institutions. Co-sponsored by the Louis Stein Center for Law                        Cronholm, the Center’s first
                      and Ethics of Fordham University Law School, “Jews and                              executive director, and Joseph
Justice” was inaugurated May 2, 2002, with an address by Andrew L. Kaufman,                               D. Becker, founder of a distin-
Charles Stebbins Fairchild Professor of Law at Harvard Law School, speaking on                            guished law firm in New York
“The Jewish Influence on Justice Benjamin N. Cardozo.”                                                     City and member of the Center’s
   Professor Kaufman’s address was followed by three responses from, respectively,                        Board of Directors, who served
Rabbi Marc Angel of Congregation Shearith Israel (the synagogue to which Justice                          as interim executive director
Cardozo’s family belonged); Rabbi David Saperstein, director of the Religious Action                      during the search for Dr.
Center of Reform Judaism; and Suzanne Stone, professor of law at the Benjamin N.                          Cronholm’s replacement.
Cardozo School of Law of Yeshiva University. Additionally, New York State Attorney
General Eliot Spitzer, a former student of Professor Kaufman at Harvard, introduced                       “I greatly admire all that has
the series, and David Rudenstine, dean of the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law,                          been accomplished to date by
introduced Professor Kaufman.                                                                             the Center supporters and the
                                                                    Continued on page 2                   individual partner organizations,”
                                                                                                                           Continued on page 4



                                                                                                               Save the Date!
                                                                                                              “Jews and Justice” contin-
                                                                                                              ues on Monday evening,
                                                                                                              September 9, 2002, with
                                                                                                              a lecture by Aharon Barak,
  New York State Attorney General                                                                             President of the Supreme
                                                                                          Marty Heitner




            Eliot Spitzer (left) and                                                                          Court of Israel. Watch the
    Professor Andrew L. Kaufman
        (right) prepare to address                                                                            mail for further details.
         “The Jewish Influence on
   Justice Benjamin N. Cardozo.”
    Continued from page 1
                                                                                                        The Center for Jewish History News
    ‘Jews and Justice’                                                                                    Published by the Center for Jewish History
                                                                                                                     15 West 16th Street
       While stating that Justice Cardozo,         “Judaism is a legal system as well as a                          New York, NY 10011
                                                                                                                        212-294-8301
    who once described himself as a hea-        religion,” she noted. “A case can be made                             Fax: 212-294-8302
    then, “abhorred the notion that he, as a    that Justice Cardozo’s legal decisions                              Website: www.cjh.org
    Jewish judge, should behave in a particu-   had a strong affinity with Jewish law.”                             Board of Directors
    lar way,” Professor Kaufman noted that         The evening was moderated by Russell                              Bruce Slovin, Chair
    “the notion of duty and honor are writ      G. Pearce, professor of law at Fordham,                          Joseph D. Becker, Vice Chair
    large in Cardozo’s jurisprudence.”          who serves as curator for the “Jews and                         Kenneth J. Bialkin, Vice Chair
                                                                                                                  Erica Jesselson, Vice Chair
       “Where did that come from?”              Justice” series. The program on Justice                         Joseph Greenberger, Secretary
    Professor Kaufman asked.                    Cardozo was presented in association with                          Michael A. Bamberger
       The first respondent, Rabbi Angel,        the American Sephardi Federation. ■                                 George Blumenthal
    took a somewhat different view. He                                                                                 Marlene Brill
                                                                                                                         Eva Cohn
    believes that Justice Cardozo did not
                                                                                                                    Henry L. Feingold
    make a break with Judaism and that it                                                                            Michael Jesselson
    influenced his work to a greater extent                                                                              Leon Levy
    than Professor Kaufman allowed.                                                                                   Sidney Lapidus
                                                                                                                    Theodore N. Mirvis
       Rabbi Saperstein, in his response,                                                                            Nancy T. Polevoy
    posed the questions, “How do you                                                                                  Robert Rifkind
    prove one philosophical system affected
                                                                                                                  Board of Overseers
    another? One legal system affected
                                                                                                          Stanley I. Batkin         Burton P. Resnick
    another?” He went on to consider the                                                                 Kenneth J. Bialkin          Robert Rifkind
    difficulty of these questions in terms of                                                             Leonard Blavatnik          Arthur Samberg
    Cardozo’s work.                                                                                     George Blumenthal             Bernard Selz
                                                                                                        Arturo Constantiner           Bruce Slovin
       The final respondent, Professor Stone,                                                              Mark Goldman                 Mary Smart
    claimed that “Jewish law may not have                                                                 Sidney Lapidus            Edward Steinberg
    influenced Justice Cardozo, but Justice                                                                   Leon Levy             Joseph S. Steinberg
    Cardozo influenced Jewish law and                                                                       Ira A. Lipman            Roy Zuckerberg
                                                                                                        Theodore N. Mirvis
    Jewish legal thinking.”
                                                                                                           The Center for Jewish History
                                                                                                                      Joseph D. Becker
                                                                                                                      Executive Director
                                                                                                                      Joshua Eli Plaut
                                                                                                         Executive Director (as of September 1, 2002)
                                                                                                                       Ira Berkowitz
                                           above and left: Professor Suzanne Stone                               Associate Executive Director
                                           and Rabbi David Saperstein respond                                      Chief Financial Officer
                                           to Professor Andrew L. Kaufman’s
                                           presentation on Justice Cardozo.                                            Suzanne Maltz
                                                                                                                   Director of Development
                                                                                                                     Barbara Goldberg
                                                                 Professor Russell G. Pearce (right),            Director of Public Relations
                                                            curator of the “Jews and Justice” series,                  Michael Winter
                                                           talks with participant Rabbi Marc Angel                  Director of Operations
                                                              of Congregation Shearith Israel (left).
                                                                                                                        Lynne Winters
                                                                                                                     Program Coordinator


                                                                                                             American Jewish Historical Society
                                                                                                            Michael Feldberg, Executive Director
                                                                                                                American Sephardi Federation
                                                                                                                 Vivienne Roumani-Denn,
                                                                                                                    Executive Director
                                                                                                                    Leo Baeck Institute
                                                                                                           Carol Kahn Strauss, Executive Director
                                                                                                                  Yeshiva University Museum
                                                                                                                 Sylvia Herskowitz, Director
                                                                                                             YIVO Institute For Jewish Research
                                                                                                             Carl J. Rheins, Executive Director


                                                                                                        The Center Newsletter is made possible, in part,
                                                                                                                 by The Liman Foundation.
                                                                                                               Jessica Weber Design, Inc., NYC
                                                                                                                           Design

    All photos this feature
    by Marty Heitner

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Pittsburgh Artist Diane Samuels
Awarded Great Hall Art Commission
                ollowing a          The Steinberg Great Hall      Center’s collections, and          A resident of Pittsburgh




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                process of       is a familiar site to everyone   will be visiting the Center     for more than 30 years, Ms.
                more than a      visiting the Center, as all      throughout the summer and       Samuels was born in New
                year, the        visitors must pass through       early fall to gather hand-      York. She attended Carnegie
                Center has       this elegant, versatile space    writing samples and other       Mellon University, where
                awarded Diane    to gain access to the Lillian    materials for possible          she received both a bachelor’s
Samuels, a prominent artist      Goldman Reading Room,            inclusion on the wall.          degree and master’s degree
and sculptor, the commis-        the Genealogy Institute,            “The arrangement of the      in fine arts. She also holds a
sion to create an original,      exhibition halls, the Leo and    text will be determined tile    diploma from the Institute
permanent artwork for the        Julia Forchheimer Auditori-      by tile before the artwork is   in Arts Administration at
two-story-high wall in the       um, and staff offices. It also    built,” Ms. Samuels contin-     Harvard University.
Paul S. and Sylvia Steinberg     frequently is used for           ued. “Assembling the thou-         In December 2000,
Great Hall. Described as an      dinners and receptions.          sands of small tiles in the     she was awarded the
artist “absorbed with the           As described by Ms.           correct pre-determined          Westmoreland Society’s
embodiment of language,”         Samuels in her proposal,         order will require care not     Gold Medal in ceremonies
Ms. Samuels submitted a          the stone and glass tiles        unlike the care shown by the    at the Westmoreland
winning proposal that com-       arranged on the wall will be     Center itself in ordering its   Museum of American Art
bines literal elements from      rectangular in shape and in      collections.”                   in Greensburg, Pennsylvania.
the Center’s collections with    shades of white, off-white          In addition to the actual    The award, which was insti-
a wall-size “mosaic tablet” of   and cream, some polished,        artwork, Ms. Samuels also       tuted in 1986, is given to a
approximately 15,000 stone       some matte. The background       plans to prepare a “hand-       person who has made a
and glass tiles, suggestive of   will be made of rubbed, pol-     book” guide, cross-             “significant contribution to
a page of the Talmud.            ished plaster that is darker     referencing locations in the    the arts.”
   The Center’s Art              than the stones and glass.       artwork and the source for         It is estimated that Ms.
Commission has been made            “The dark floor of the         each element. Copies of the     Samuels’ artwork will be
possible by a grant from         Great Hall (inlaid terrazzo      handbook will be placed in      completed and installed at
The Joseph S. and Diane H.       designed by artist Michele       the Great Hall and on the       the Center for Jewish
Steinberg Charitable Trust.      Oka Doner) glimmers like a       balcony near the wall for use   History in 2003. ■
Ms. Samuels, who resides in      night sky,” Ms. Samuels          as reference books.
Pittsburgh, was selected         explained. “The wall will be
from an original pool of         like a day sky full of light
some 80 prominent artists,       and bright reflections. The
nominated by a distinguished     visitor will get an overall
selection committee com-         impression of the image,
                                                                                                              Artist Diane Samuels
posed of representatives of      but to read the details, the
the Center as well as mem-       text, he or she will have to
bers of the museum and art       approach the wall.”
communities. The Center’s           Each tile will bear one
Art Commission is coordi-        alphabet letter or will be
nated by independent cura-       blank. The source of the
tor Dara Meyers-Kingsley.        letters will be text Ms.
   “The heart, the soul of the   Samuels plans to extract
Center,” Ms. Samuels noted,      from manuscripts, diaries,
“are the collections, the        letters, documents, and
archives, the libraries, and     books in the collections of
the people who use them.         the Center and from work
For visitors, the Great Hall     created by the many
is like a table of contents      groups of children who
and preface. It is the begin-    visit the Center for art
ning, the introduction to the    workshops.
Center and to its mission to        Ms. Samuels hopes to
preserve and illuminate his-     include the entire variety
tory, culture and language.”     of alphabets and writing
                                 systems found within the
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    Continued from page 1

    Joshua Plaut
    Mr. Plaut commented shortly
    before accepting the position of
    executive director. “I also appreci-
    ate that the financial health of the
    institution is foremost in the minds
    of the Center leadership.”
                                                 Joshua Plaut (right) with
                                                   Lori Epstein Plaut and
    “To that end,” he continued, “I am          Jonas Jacob Plaut join the




                                                                                                                                     Jason Carlin
    eager to take on the multiple roles            Center family. At left is
    of acting as a public face for the          Bruce Slovin, chairman of
                                                    the Center’s Board of
    institution, helping the Center                             Directors.
    Board of Directors with fundraising,
    identifying and participating in the
    cultivation of potential donors,          Trinity College in Hartford,                  Jews of Greece and Turkey Today, a
    and developing relationships with         Connecticut, and as rabbi of                  book of 250 photographs with anno-
    Jewish foundations.”                      Congregation Kol Haverim in                   tated oral histories, soon to be pub-
                                              Glastonbury, Connecticut. Prior               lished. His Ph.D. dissertation, Silent
    Scion of a prominent rabbinic family,     to his appointment at the Center,             Night? Being Jewish at Christmas
    Mr. Plaut was born in Great Neck,         Mr. Plaut was spiritual leader                Time in the 1990s, also is being
    New York, and spent much                  of Martha’s Vineyard Hebrew                   prepared for publication.
    of his youth in Israel. He received       Center and Hillel director at the
    his B.A. from Beloit College in           Massachusetts Institute of                    An accomplished photographer, Mr.
    Wisconsin in 1979, and an M.A. in         Technology from 1993–2001.                    Plaut, together with his wife, estab-
    folklore and mythology from UCLA                                                        lished Gallery Plaut on Martha’s
    in 1982. He will receive his Ph.D.        During his years in Massachusetts,            Vineyard in the summer of 2000
    in Judaic Studies from New York           Mr. Plaut served on the steering              to showcase the work of Jewish
    University later this year. Mr. Plaut     committee of the Martha Vineyard’s            artists. His own photographic
    was ordained at Hebrew Union              satellite program of the Boston               exhibitions have included Spice
    College-Jewish Institute of Religion      Jewish Film Festival and organized            of Life: Markets and Jewish
    and received the Master of Hebrew         the Summer Rabbi’s Symposium on               Merchants the World Over; Farewell
    Letters degree in 1986.                   such topics as “Fact and Fiction in           Samarkind: The Exodus of Jews
                                              Holocaust Literature,” “Black-                from Central Asia, filmed during
    Mr. Plaut also studied at the             Jewish Relations,” and “From                  extensive fieldwork from 1990–92;
    Oxford Centre for Postgraduate            Portnoy to Lieberman: The New                 The Star in the Crescent: Traditional
    Hebrew Studies, Oxford, England,          American Jew.” He also taught,                Jewish Life in Modern Turkey;
    and at The Hebrew University in           together with Professor William B.            Fading Glory: Vestiges of Jewish
    Jerusalem. He speaks fluent                Watson of the Department of                   Life in the American South, which
    Hebrew, can converse in Greek,            History, MIT’s first Jewish history            depicts commercial, civic, and
    and has a knowledge of Ladino,            course, “The Holocaust: The War               religious life in Mississippi and
    Spanish, and Yiddish.                     Against European Jewry During                 Arkansas; and Scattered Lights:
                                              World War II, 1939–1945.”                     The Remnant of Israel in Rural
    Mr. Plaut’s career has been                                                             Greece, an internationally displayed
    particularly diverse. He interned         Mr. Plaut is the author of Greek              exhibition which has toured muse-
    as a rabbinic student at congrega-        Jewry in the Twentieth Century,               ums and galleries from Tel Aviv to
    tions in Selma, Alabama, Sydney,          1913–1983: Patterns of Jewish                 Los Angeles to Salonika.
    Australia, and Jonesboro, Arkansas.       Survival in the Greek Provinces
    From 1986–1993, he served,                Before and After the Holocaust,               Mr. Plaut is married to Lori Epstein
    simultaneously, as director of the        which is in its third printing. He has        Plaut, an attorney. They are the
    B’nai B’rith Hillel Foundation at         photographed and is preparing The             parents of Jonas Jacob Plaut. ■



                                               Your “Key” to the Center
         CJH       =   Center for Jewish History                           LBI    = Leo Baeck Institute
         CGI       =   Center Genealogy Institute                          YIVO   = YIVO Institute for Jewish Research
         AJHS      =   American Jewish Historical Society                  YUM    = Yeshiva University Museum
         ASF       =   American Sephardi Federation

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                                                                           American Zone of Germany in 1945 when he discovered the
YIVO                                                                       looted Strashun Library, which had survived the Nazis’
                                                                           destruction of Vilna’s Jewish community.
Marks 100th Anniversary                                                       Colonel Pomrenze supervised the loading of the Strashun
                                                                           and YIVO Library collections—79,204 items in 420 cases in

Of Vilna’s                                                                 three freight cars—and accompanied the collections to the
                                                                           Bremen Port where they sailed for the Harborside
                                                                           Warehouse Co. in Jersey City, New Jersey. The collections
Strashun Library                                                           arrived on July 1, 1947, and were transferred to YIVO head-
                                                                           quarters in New York. The entire journey, plus the approval
                                                                           of the State Department for restitution of the libraries to
                                                                           YIVO, was arranged by Colonel Pomrenze.
                he YIVO Institute for Jewish Research hosted                  Following the war, Colonel Pomrenze served as distin-




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                a special reception on April 16, 2002, to com-             guished adjunct professor in records management at The
                memorate the 100th anniversary of the open-                American University in Washington, DC, until 1980 and,
                ing of the Strashun Library in Vilna. The story from 1950–76, as records manager/archivist for the
                of the Strashun Library, perhaps the foremost              Department of the Army. He received the Bronze Star
                Jewish library in                                                                         Medal for his work in Vietnam
Europe before World War II,                                                                               as a military archivist, the
weaves together a great family                                                                            Legion of Merit, Asiatic-Pacific
legacy, the tragic destruction of                                                                         Medal with three Bronze Stars,
Jewish life and culture during                                                                            and The Netherlands
the Holocaust, and the efforts                                                                            Government Silver Medal of
of one Jewish officer of the                                                                               Honor. He has been an
United States Army to see                                                                                 Honorary Fellow of the Society
justice done.                                                                                             of American Archivists for
   The 100th anniversary cele-                                                                            more than 50 years.




                                                                                                       Marty Heitner
bration featured a talk by                                                                                   As a youth, Mattityahu
Colonel Seymour J. Pomrenze,                                                                              Strashun received a traditional
who played a major role in the                                                                            Jewish religious education, but
rescue of the Strashun Library                                 .
                                                                                                          also engaged in the private
                                         Dr. Rimantas Morkvevnas, consul general of the Republic of
and its restitution to the YIVO           Lithuania, was one of the guests at the 100th Anniversary
                                                                                                          study of mathematics and sci-
Institute. Speaking first in              Celebration of the opening of the Strashun Library in Vilna,     ence. A leading philanthropist
Yiddish and then English,               and spent some time viewing “Mattityahu Strashun: Scholar,        and communal leader, he
                                         Leader, Book Collector,” a exhibition mounted by the YIVO
Brad Sabin Hill, dean of the                            Institute for Jewish Research.
                                                                                                          chaired, for many years, the
YIVO Library, provided an                                                                                 Tsedakah Gedolah, the charity
overview of the collection’s                                                                              fund of the Vilna Jewish
                                         Colonel Seymour J. Pomrenze (center), who played a major
history and importance. Guests          role in the rescue of the Strashun Library and its restitution
                                                                                                          Community. He also served as
were able to tour the current             to the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research, is joined by Dr.     a member of the Vilna City
exhibition composed of hold-             Carl J. Rheins (right), YIVO’s executive director, and Brad      Council and a trustee of the
                                                      Sabin Hill (left), dean of its library.
ings from the Strashun Library,                                                                           Russian State Bank of Vilna.
“Mattityahu Strashun: Scholar,                                                                               In addition to his many pub-
Leader, Book Collector.”                                                                                  lic activities, he was a great
Several of the rare books in the                                                                          book lover and a collector of
exhibit have never before been                                                                            rare Hebrew books. His library
on public display.                                                                                        of about 6,000 volumes became
   The current exhibition, as                                                                             a gathering place for the intel-
well as the preservation of the                                                                           lectual elite of his time. Shortly
Strashun collection, was made                                                                             before his death he decided to
possible by two descendants of                                                                            bequeath his books and his
Mattityahu Strashun, Tanya                                                                                home to the Vilna Community.
                                                                                                       Marty Heitner




Corbin and Irwin Jacobs, and                                                                              In 1892, the Strashun library
the Waber Fund. In December,                                                                              was opened to the public in
150 descendants of Mattityahu                                                                             Mattityahu’s former home. It
Strashun gathered at the                                                                                  soon became clear that the
Center for Jewish History for the opening of the exhibition.               building was too small for its purpose and, in 1899, the
   Presently retired, Colonel Pomrenze spent 34 years in                   trustees of the library decided to erect a new building. The
active and reserve service in the United States Army, and                  document authorizing construction of the new building is
was a member of General Dwight D. Eisenhower’s staff in                    displayed in the current exhibition.
Europe during World War II. Colonel Pomrenze was
serving as director of the Offenbach Archival Depot in the                                                                 Continued on page 6

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    Genealogy Institute
    Inaugurates New Website
                   amily history research just got a lot easier—      of the American Jewish Historical Society; records of the




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                   no matter where you reside!—thanks to the          Hamburg Sephardic community in the collections of the
                   Center’s Genealogy Institute. Visit the Center’s   Leo Baeck Institute; and records of the Amsterdam
                   website at www.cjh.org (The Jewish Agency for      Sephardic community, and much more, collected by the
                   Israel recently named the Center for Jewish        American Sephardi Federation.
                   History website among the top ten Jewish              The Center Genealogy Institute (which can be reached at
    websites in the world.) and click on “Family History.” You        212-294-8324 or at gi@cjh.org) is open Monday through
    will find new web pages that provide detailed information          Thursday, 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Institute also is open one
    about the wealth of genealogical records and resources            Sunday a month from 12:30 to 2 p.m., when the Jewish
    housed at the Center.                                             Genealogical Society of New York hosts its monthly meeting
       “Ancestral Traces: A Virtual Exhibit,” displays some of        at the Center. All basic services are provided free of charge.
    the unique and unusual genealogical records at the Center,
    including a transcript from a trial conducted by the              The Center Genealogy Institute also has inaugurated a highly
    Inquisition in Mexico, a page of birth records from the           successful series of workshops, both for beginners and for more
    Jewish community of Rangoon, HIAS arrival cards, a list of        experienced family researchers. These workshops, priced at $10
    marriages in 1842 in Offenbach, Germany, a burial record          per person, will resume in the fall. Each workshop is limited to
    from a Landsmanschaft, and more.                                  12 participants. Please consult the Center’s printed or website
       “Frequently Asked Questions” provides answers on how           calendar for dates and further information. ■
    to do genealogy research at the Center. Plan your research
    in advance with the FAQs, as well as a complete listing of
    the Genealogy Institute’s reference collection, including his-
    torical atlases and books on the Holocaust, travel, and Jewish                         NEWS ALERT!
    history. The listings may also be found on the website.
       The Genealogy Institute staff and volunteers have created          Family Tree Magazine, an online publica-
    a series of fact sheets that list the genealogical resources at       tion, chose the Center for Jewish History web-
    the Center. All fact sheets now are available on the website
    as PDF files you can print at home. Was your ancestor a
                                                                          site its “Site of the Day” for June 25, 2002.
    rabbi? Click on the rabbinic records fact sheet and find a             Family Tree Magazine is a leading geneal-
    listing of the books at the Center—in Yiddish, Hebrew, and            ogy publication about discovering, preserving
    English—with biographical information on rabbis. Want to              and celebrating family history. The Center’s
    know how to access records from Belarus or Lithuania?
    Print out the free fact sheets and learn. Wondering what
                                                                          website (www.cjh.org) was cited as “a won-
    Sephardic records are available at the Center? Read the fact          derful online resource for our readers,” by
    sheets on Sephardic topics to learn that there is material in         Family Tree Magazine managing editor,
    all the partner organizations, including records from                 Susan Wenner Jackson.
    Salonika in the archives of the YIVO Institute for Jewish
    Research; records of the Curacao community in the holdings


    Continued from page 5                       cultural center. The collection contin-     Jewish cultural treasures. The Nazis
                                                ued to grow, primarily through gifts        forced the librarians to select and crate
    100th Anniversary                           and bequests. Starting in 1928, the         hundreds of thousands of Jewish books
                                                Vilna University Library began to send      and manuscripts. The wooden crates
       In 1901, the library moved to its new    all Hebrew and Yiddish books pub-           were shipped to Frankfurt-am-Main,
    building and formally opened to the         lished in Poland to the Strashun collec-    where they were stored in a huge ware-
    public in 1902. The Strashun Library        tion. In the 1930s, the number of books     house located in nearby Offenbach. In
    very soon became a popular place for        was reported to be 35,000.                  1945, the American army discovered
    study, attracting visitors from many           The Nazis occupied Vilna on June         3,000,000 Jewish books in the
    parts of Europe. The average daily          23, 1941, and, soon thereafter, ordered     Offenbach warehouse, among them
    number of readers surpassed 200,            the Jews into a ghetto. Both the YIVO       25,000 books from the Strashun Library
    mostly high school and seminary             Library and the Strashun Library were       collection and 15,000 books from the
    students, and there was always a line       taken over by the Einsatzstab               YIVO collection. Colonel Pomrenze
    of readers outside the door. In the         Rosenberg, a Nazi task force assigned       entered the saga at this point. ■
    evenings the Library served as a Jewish     the work of looting and disposing of
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Theater Comes
To The Center
               o add to its      and Library. The presenta-




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               successful film    tion included several skits
               and concert       and songs that actually were
               series (please    performed in the Vilna
               see sidebar,      Ghetto, interspersed by pas-
               this page) the    sages from the Diaries of
Center filled out its cultural    Herman Kruk (which will be
calendar this spring with sev-   published in English by Yale
eral theater presentations       University Press in collabo-
spanning different cultures      ration with YIVO in
and historical periods.          September 2002).                 Infrared earphones
   The Netela Theatre of            The audience journeyed        provided simultaneous
                                                                  English translation
Jerusalem, on its first tour to   to a different part of the       for the audience at
the United States, played        Jewish world with Aviya de       Ghetto Cabaret, which
three sold-out performances      Ser… (Once Upon a                was performed in
                                                                  Yiddish.
at the Center, presented by      Time)—An Evening of
the American Sephardi            Sephardic Storytelling and
Federation and Yemenite          Song, presented by the
Federation of America.           Ladino Players, the only
Established in 1994 by           Ladino theater company in
Ethiopian-born actors,           the United States.
Netela presented Bavel, a        Sponsored by the American
play within a play that          Sephardi Federation and
explored the hardships of        Sephardic House, Aviya de
immigration and absorption       Ser… featured love stories
into a different cultural        and humorous sketches. The
milieu.                          evening was presented
   Each performance of           entirely in Ladino, with brief
Bavel was followed by a dis-     English commentary.                       The singers of
cussion between the actors          The Jewish Repertory          Ghetto Cabaret, written
and the audience. A group        Theatre made its home at            by Miriam Hoffman
                                                                   and Rena Berkowicz-
of 30 students from the          the Center for its spring sea-    Borow and sponsored
Frederick Douglass High          son and presented concert         by the YIVO Institute
School in Harlem attended a      versions of two well-known         for Jewish Research.
matinee performance and          musicals: Two by Two, based
engaged in a lively dialogue     loosely on the story of Noah
with Netela about Israel and     and the flood, with music by           The Center hosted a spring season filled with
Judaism.                         Richard Rodgers, and                  a multitude of exciting film and musical presen-
   The YIVO Institute for        Vagabond Stars, a revue               tations. Highlights included the live, world
Jewish Research sponsored        about the immigration of              premiere of the Yiddish Radio Project, a major
a staged reading of Ghetto       Eastern European Jews to              series on NPR; two sold-out performances of
Cabaret, a drama with music      the United States in the              “The Lost Jewish Music of Transylvania”
based on documents, diaries      early 1900s. Vagabond Stars           featuring Muzsikás with Márta Sebest’yen;
and chronicles of the Vilna      consists entirely of songs and        Yale Strom and the Hot P’Stromi Ensemble in
Ghetto. A simultaneous           scenes that were originally
                                                                       a concert bringing together Klezmer, Sephardic,
                                                                       Balkan, and Romanian music; and the New
English translation was read     performed in the Yiddish
                                                                       York premiere of Concorrenza Sleale (Unfair
and transmitted to the audi-     theaters of New York, trans-
                                                                       Competition), a major new film from Italian
ence via infrared earphones.     lated into English. Much of           director Ettore Scola. This coming fall will bring
   Ghetto Cabaret was writ-      the original material can be          four films on the Jewish experience in Poland,
ten by Miriam Hoffman and        found in the archives of the          a series devoted to Jewish humor in film, and a
Rena Berkowicz-Borow, who        YIVO Institute for Jewish             variety of concerts. Watch the mail for your
found all their source mater-    Research. ■                           Music and Film Series brochure!
ial in the YIVO Archives

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    Six Outstanding Young Scholars
    Awarded First CJH Fellowships
                 ix outstanding       the YIVO Institute for




    S
                 young scholars       Jewish Research, and for
                 in Jewish history    the academic year 2002–03,
                 from several         is the recipient of the
                 prominent uni-       Rose and Isidore Drench
                 versities have       Fellowship from YIVO.
    been selected to receive the         Her dissertation will
    first Center for Jewish            explore the relationship
    History Fellowships. Each         between four Jewish writers,
    of the students currently is      Abraham Cahan, Morris
    engaged in research for his       Rosenfeld, Henry Roth, and
    or her doctoral dissertation,     Fannie Hurst, and their
    using the rich archival and       mentors/patrons. Her




                                                                                                                                                        Barbara Goldberg
    library resources at the          research efforts at the
    Center.                           Center will focus on the
       The fellowships carry          Henry Roth papers in the
    an award of $10,000 for a         collections of the American
    10-month period beginning         Jewish Historical Society                   The recipients of the first Center for Jewish History Fellowships
    in September 2002. Each           and the Abraham Cahan                        include (standing, left to right) Alisa Braun of the University of
                                                                               Michigan; Joshua Perelman of New York University; Avinoam Patt,
    fellow is expected to spend       papers, as well as the exten-             also of NYU; and (seated) Michaela Raggam-Blesch of Karl-Franz
    two full days per week            sive newspaper and periodi-              University in Graz, Austria. Not pictured are Jessica Cooperman of
    conducting research in the        cal collections, of the YIVO                           New York University and James Loeffler of Columbia.
    Center’s Lillian Goldman          Institute for Jewish Research.
    Reading Room, and will be
    required to deliver a one-        ■   Jessica Cooperman of New     Jewish communities during                  Mr. Loeffler, who lives in
    hour presentation to the              York University. “The        what was a period of intense            New York City, will conduct
    Center’s professional staff.          Jewish Diaspora and the      nationalism and global mili-            research in the archives of
    They also will be called upon         First World War: Germany     tary conflict, studying what             the YIVO Institute for
    to assist the Center and its          and the United States.”      this conflict meant to Jews              Jewish Research, the Leo
    partner institutions with                                          loyal to their diasporic                Baeck Institute, and the
    various activities in archival    Ms. Cooperman received           homelands.                              American Jewish Archives
    research.                         her B.A. from the University                                             as he pursues a social history
                                      of Pennsylvania and also         ■   James Loeffler, Columbia             of Jewish music and musi-
    The six fellowship winners are:   has studied at Columbia              University. “The Role of            cians in the later Imperial
                                      University, Middlebury               Music as a Means of                 period of Russian history.
    ■   Alisa Braun of the
                                      College in Vermont, The              Jewish Social and                   He also will explore several
        University of Michigan.
                                      Hebrew University of                 Cultural Modernization in           interlocking cultural institu-
        The title of Ms. Braun’s
                                      Jerusalem, and Kings                 Late Imperial Russia.”              tions and social structures
        dissertation is “Becoming
                                      College, London. A resident                                              that were central to the rise
        Authorities: Jews, Writing
                                      of New York City, she is the     Mr. Loeffler earned his B.A.             of Jewish musicians within
        and the Dynamics of
                                      recipient of a fellowship, for   from Harvard University                 the mainstream of Russian
        Literary Affiliation,
                                      September 2001 to June           and also studied at The                 culture.
        1890–1940.”
                                      2003, from The Remarque          Hebrew University of
                                      Institute of New York            Jerusalem and the Pardes                ■   Avinoam Patt, New York
    Ms. Braun, a New York City
                                      University.                      Institute of Jewish Studies in              University. “Jewish DP
    resident, earned her B.A.
                                         Ms. Cooperman primarily       Israel. He was the recipient                Youth and Zionism in
    from Columbia University
                                      will conduct her research in     of a research grant from the                Post-War Germany.”
    and spent her junior year
                                      the holdings of the              Ford Foundation to study
    abroad at Cambridge. She
                                      American Jewish Historical       Yiddish musical and comedy              A resident of West New
    also has studied at the Uriel
                                      Society and the Leo Baeck        traditions, and served as act-          York, New Jersey, Mr. Patt
    Weinreich Program in
                                      Institute. She will examine      ing sound archivist for the             received his B.A. from
    Yiddish Language,
                                      the challenges faced by the      YIVO Institute for Jewish
    Literature and Culture at
                                      German and American              Research in 1999.                                                  Continued


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Emory University in             ■   Joshua Perelman,                                       Depression have on their        the recipient of a Fritz
Atlanta. He also spent a            New York University.                                   reconstruction of Jewish        Halbers Fellowship for
year of study in Israel under       “Choreographing Identity:                              identities onstage? How does    research at the Leo Baeck
the auspices of Young               Modern Dance and                                       the history of these dancers    Institute for the 1999–2000
Judea, and attended classes         American Jewish Identity,                              help to reformulate the his-    academic year.
at the Uriel Weinreich              1924–1964.”                                            tory of American Jewish            Her dissertation will focus
Program in Yiddish                                                                         identity? Mr. Perelman          on the lives of Jewish
Language, Literature and        Mr. Perelman, who resides                                  hopes to find some of the        women at the end of the
Culture at YIVO, and            in Brooklyn, earned his B.A.                               answers to his questions in     19th century and beginning
at Deutsches Haus at            at Macalester College in St.                               the holdings of the American    of the 20th century in
New York University.            Paul, and was a summer                                     Jewish Historical Society and   Vienna, a melting pot of dif-
   The unique collections       research fellow at the Jewish                              YIVO Institute for Jewish       ferent cultural influences
housed at YIVO, including       Women’s Archive. He also                                   Research.                       within Hapsburg Austria. It
the newspapers and periodi-     served for two years as the                                                                will investigate the impact of
cals published by the Jewish    national director of the                                   ■   Michaela Raggam-Blesch,     an anti-Semitic and partially
DPs in Germany and the          University Student Depart-                                     Karl-Franz University in    misogynist environment on
files of the Central            ment of the World Zionist                                      Graz, Austria. “Jewish      the lives of these women.
Committee of Liberated          Organization.                                                  Women during Turn-of-       She will conduct her
Jews, will prove of central        His dissertation will deal                                  the-Century Vienna.”        research largely within the
importance to the comple-       with such dancers/choreogra-                                                               collections of the Leo Baeck
tion of his dissertation. He    phers as Sophie Maslow,                                    A native of Austria, Ms.        Institute, particularly the
also plans to use material at   Anna Sokolow, Edith Segal,                                 Raggam-Blesch currently         Austrian Heritage
the American Jewish             Lily Mehlman, Helen                                        resides in Staten Island, New   Collection, and the YIVO
Historical Society on           Tamiris, Nadia Chilkovsky,                                 York, and is a part-time        Institute for Jewish
American Jewish chaplains       Miriam Blecher, Anna                                       archivist at the Leo Baeck      Research.
serving in the DP camps         Halprin, and Dorothy Bird.                                 Institute. She received her
in Germany, as well as          What historical events led to                              undergraduate degree at the       The first Center for
autobiographies found in        American Jewish modern                                     Karl-Franz University in        Jewish History Fellowships
the Leo Baeck Institute         dancers’ exploration of                                    Graz and also studied at        have been made possible by
collections.                    Judaism? What impact did                                   the Austrian Academy of         grants from the Bookhalter
                                their experiences during the                               Science in Vienna. She was      and Rich Foundations. ■



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     Current Exhibitions
                 he spring and summer have brought an extremely                exhibition can be found in the Museum’s Winnick and



     T           varied group of exhibitions to the Center,
                 featuring unique and unusual installations,
                 cutting-edge audio-visual techniques, and stirring
                 historical context.
                                  ■ ■ ■
        “Persecuting Grandfathers, Interviewing Grandsons?”
     opened May 23 in the Clifford and Katherine Goldsmith
                                                                               Rosenberg Galleries on the Center’s mezzanine level.
                                                                                                                ■ ■ ■
                                                                                 Another outstanding collector of Judaica was Kathryn
                                                                               Yochelson. In the 1950s, Ms. Yochelson began collecting
                                                                               works by Israeli artists as an outgrowth of her interest in the
                                                                               “artistic roots of the Jewish people,” a search on which she
                                                                               had earlier embarked as a young college student in New
     Gallery of the Leo Baeck Institute, co-sponsored by the                   Haven. From the time of her first visit to Israel, in 1958, and
     Jewish Museum of Vienna. With panoramic photographs,                      for the next 40 years, she corresponded with and met Israeli
     historical documents, and audio-visual viewing stations to                painters and art historians, amassing a significant personal
     listen and study taped interviews, the exhibition is the gate-            collection of artworks. In 2002, Ms. Yochelson gave this
     way to one of the most significant oral history projects on                collection to the Yeshiva University Museum. Visit the
     modern Austrian history.                                                  Museum’s Betty and Walter L. Popper Gallery on the main
        In 1995, the Leo Baeck Institute forged a relationship                 floor for “Fruits of a Lifetime: The Kathryn Yochelson
     with the Austrian Gedenkdienst, an organization that fos-                 Collection of Israeli Art” and enjoy this rare glimpse at a
     ters mutual understanding between young Austrians and                     collector and the art she loved and treasured.
     Jewish refugees who were forced to flee from the National                                                  ■ ■ ■
     Socialist regime that came to power in 1938. Each year,                     Leonard Meiselman’s paintings are stark and powerful,
     Gedenkdienst sends two young Austrian conscientious                       and in “Art Against Forgetting,” his expressionist images
     objectors (in lieu of military service) to work for the Leo               depict prayer shawls and flags that appear to have been
     Baeck Institute in New York. They conduct interviews with                 shredded by catastrophic events. Mr. Meiselman has been
     Austrian Jewish émigrés, listen to their life stories, and                described as portraying the two sides of his identity—a Jew
     collect important documents and other memorabilia for                     and an American. As he paints, the events of the past
     permanent safekeeping in the library and archives of the                  century—most notably the Holocaust—still resonate, while
     Leo Baeck Institute. These encounters have gradually                      new terrors confront Jews the world over. The artist grapples
     evolved into LBI’s Austrian Heritage Collection, encom-                   with these tensions, yet emerges victorious in his forceful
     passing numerous documents as well as more than 2,200                     affirmation of life. “Art Against Forgetting” can be viewed in
     biographical entries.                                                     the Museum’s mezzanine level gallery.
                                  ■ ■ ■                                                                         ■ ■ ■
        The Yeshiva University Museum opened three major                         On July 8, the American Sephardi Federation opened
     exhibitions, each of which will remain on view into the fall.             “Photographs from the Jewish Cemeteries of the Saints,
        “Journey to No End of the World: Judaica from the Gross                Morocco,” by Gary Beeber, a tribute to a Jewish community
     Family Collection, Tel Aviv,” takes the viewer to 33 different            that once numbered more than a quarter-million members,
     Jewish communities. Architecturally and conceptually innov-               including revered scholars and sages.
     ative, the exhibit features spectacular ceremonial objects, lit-                                           ■ ■ ■
     erary testimony, and photographs exploring the traditions of                 Visitors have registered an emotional response to “A
     Jewish travelers who, since the 9th century, have journeyed               Particular Responsibility: The U.S. Army and the Creation
     throughout the world and documented their travels. The                    of the Survivors Talmud,” an exhibition mounted by the




                                               Artifacts featured in “Journey to No End of the World.”
                                                 Photos courtesy of the Yeshiva University Museum.

                                                   left: Mizrah/Kaddish reminder, Krenetz/Ukraine,
                                                  1925/26, wool, colored cotton thread, embroidered.
                                                        above: Esther Scroll, in Renaissance style,
                                                     Rome(?)/Italy, c. 1750, parchment, ink, paint.
                                          right: Rimmonim/Torah Finials (hand-shaped), Iran, c. 1920, silver.
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                                                                     asked General Dwight D. Eisenhower to assure that the
                                                                     survivors’ material and spiritual needs were met. Under
                                                                     Eisenhower’s leadership the U.S. Army responded with
                                                                     exemplary compassion. Publishing the 19-volume Survivors’
                                                                     Talmud exemplified this caring.
                                                                        The dedication on the first page of the Survivors’ Talmud,
                                                                     its only English words, reads as follows:

                                                                          This edition of the Talmud is dedicated to the
                                                                          United States Army. The army played a major role
                                                                          in the rescue of the Jewish people from total annihi-
                                                                          lation and after the defeat of Hitler bore the major
                                                                          burden of sustaining the DPs of the Jewish faith.
                                                                          This special edition of the Talmud published in the
                                                                          very land where, but a short time ago, everything
                                                                          Jewish and of Jewish inspiration was anathema, will
General Dwight D. Eisenhower exits the synagogue                          remain a symbol of the indestructibility of the Torah.
during an official tour of the Neu Freimann Displaced Persons Camp.
                                                                          The Jewish DPs will never forget the generous
                                                                          impulses and the unprecedented humanitarianism
American Jewish Historical Society that will run through                  of the American forces, to whom they owe so much.
August 30th. With historical documents, photographs and
artifacts, the exhibit tells the story of the involvement of the                                         —Rabbi Samuel A. Snieg
United States Army in the printing of the Survivors’ Talmud,                                          Chief Rabbi of the U.S. Zone
the only time in world history that a government has pub-                                        ■ ■ ■
lished an edition of this work.                                         The American Jewish Historical Society also opened an
   The United States Army published the Talmud in                    exhibition featuring Harry Houdini’s world-famous water
Heidelberg, Germany, between 1948 and 1950 in response to            torture cell. The exhibition was scheduled to coincide with
requests by Jewish community representatives, including              the Centennial Convention of the Society of American
Rabbi Samuel Jakob Rose, a survivor of Dachau, and rabbis            Magicians, which met in New York from July 3 to 6, 2002.
serving as chaplains in the U.S. Army, on behalf of the              This is the first “appearance” by the water torture cell in
survivors of the Shoah. (In 1945, not one complete set of            New York, and is accompanied by historic Houdini posters
the Talmud could be found in Europe.) The U.S. military in           and other archival material.
the post-World War II years evolved into a humanitarian                 Perhaps the world’s most famous magician and escape
force to shelter Jewish survivors and reconstitute Jewish life       artist, Harry Houdini was born Ehrich Weiss in what is now
in Europe. President Harry S. Truman called caring for the           Budapest, Hungary. He grew up in Appleton, Wisconsin,
Jewish survivors America’s “particular responsibility” and           where his father was the city’s first rabbi.
                                                                        Scene of Houdini’s most famous escape, the water torture
                                                                     cell was said to have been built in England and cost more
                                                                     than $10,000. Packed with extra glass panels, it weighed
                                                                     about three-quarters of a ton.
                                                                        Houdini introduced the water torture cell at the Circus
                                                                     Busch in Berlin in 1912. He freed himself in less than two
                                                                     minutes, and continued to perform this escape throughout
                                                                     his career. Today, only a few people know the secret of the
                                                                     water torture cell. ■




Chrisoph Thun-Hohenstein, director
of the Austrian Cultural Institute of
New York, addresses the opening of
“Persecuting Grandfathers,
Interviewing Grandsons?”




       Ruth Altmann, born in Vienna,
    pictured at her home in New York
       in 2002. Ms. Altmann is among
        those whose stories are told in
           “Persecuting Grandfathers,
            Interviewing Grandsons?”
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     Center Shorts
     Electronic Resources                              On the Dinner Circuit                          Henry A. Kissinger, Ambassador Felix
     Receive Boost From Schapiro Fund                  The Archive of American Jews in                G. Rohatyn, Beverly Sills and Sanford
     With two generous grants from the                 Sports, a division of the American             I. Weill. Presidents Bill Clinton,
     Morris and Alma Schapiro Fund, the                Jewish Historical Society, presented its       George H.W. Bush, Jimmy Carter and
     Center has acquired important elec-               second annual Hank Greenberg                   Gerald R. Ford served as honorary
     tronic resources for its reference,               Sportsmanship Award to David Stern,            chairs. The event was hosted by jour-
     research and cataloging services. Using           commissioner of the National Basket-           nalist Ted Koppel.
     these funds, internet-licensed subscrip-          ball Association, at a dinner in New              On May 2, the YIVO Institute for
     tion services and CD-ROM databases,               York. “We are happy to honor                   Jewish Research honored Congress-
     recommended by the Center’s                       Commissioner Stern and the role bas-           woman Nita Lowey and architect Frank
     Collection Development Committee,                 ketball has played in the integration of       Owen Gehry at its annual dinner. Dr.
     have been purchased or leased.                    Jews into America’s mainstream and             Leon Botstein, president of Bard
        Visitors to the Center for Jewish              the continuing role the game plays in          College, was the featured speaker.
     History now can use the electronic ver-           assimilating other ethnic minorities
     sions of important Jewish studies refer-          over time,” commented Dr. Michael              Spielmann Receives
     ence tools such as the Encyclopedia               Feldberg, executive director of the            Achievement Award
     Judaica, the Soncino Classics Collection          American Jewish Historical Society.            Dr. Diane Spielmann, public services
     and Index to Jewish Periodicals, or read            Later this year, the American Jewish         coordinator at the Center for Jewish
     full-text articles from scholarly journals        Historical Society presented its Emma          History—and a familiar figure to
     such as American Jewish History, Jewish           Lazarus Statue of Liberty Award to             researchers and scholars in the Lillian
     Social Studies and Modern Judaism.                Elie Wiesel. The Emma Lazarus Award            Goldman Reading Room—was the
        These resources are provided as a              has been given only nine times since           recipient of the 2002 Alumni
     free service for users of the Center’s            the Society’s founding 110 years ago.          Achievement Award of the Graduate
     public computers.                                 The award honored Professor Wiesel             Center of the City University of New
                                                       for his exemplary moral, intellectual          York. Dr. Spielmann, who received her
     ASF And Sephardic House Are One                   and literary leadership. Co-chairing the       doctorate in German from the
     The merger of Sephardic House with                event were Edgar M. Bronfman, Dr.              Graduate Center, was one of seven
     the American Sephardi Federation was
     announced June 6, 2002. Sephardic
     House has become the cultural, pro-
     gramming, publishing, and distribution                    right: Congresswoman Nita Lowey
                                                             addresses the Annual YIVO Institute
     division of the American Sephardi                                for Jewish Research Dinner.
     Federation.


     Gathered together at the Emma Lazarus                     bottom right: Bruce Slovin (center),
     Statue of Liberty Award Dinner of the American         chairman of the YIVO Board, presents
     Jewish Historical Society are (left to right)       the Lifetime Achievement Award to guest
     Kenneth Bialkin, AJHS president, Honoree Elie        of honor Frank Owen Gehry (left), while
     Wiesel, Dr. Henry A. Kissinger, Ted Koppel, and     President Leon Botstein of Bard College,
     Mrs. Marion Wiesel.                                                   guest speaker, looks on.

                                                                                                                                                David Karp
                                                                                                                                                David Karp




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individuals chosen by the City            who were expelled or forced to flee          and other artists and intellectuals. Dr.
University’s Ph.D. Alumni Association     from Muslim countries after 1948.           Jay Winter, professor of history at Yale
for this award.                           The Justice Minister announced a new        University, presented the 3rd Annual
                                          worldwide effort by his office, in which     George Mosse Memorial Lecture,
Blessings of Freedom                      ASF is taking part, to quickly gather       speaking on “Shell Shock, Memory and
Published by AJHS                         and save on computer files information       Identity in the First World War.” And,
Since January 1997, the American          about communal and private Jewish           on May 8th, Bryan Mark Rigg deliv-
Jewish Historical Society has published   assets that were confiscated or other-       ered a most provocative talk based on
a weekly feature, edited by Executive     wise lost in a host of Arab countries.      his recently published book, Hitler’s
Director Michael Feldberg, entitled          Prominent author and translator          Jewish Soldiers. Mr. Rigg described the
“Blessings of Freedom: Chapters in        Hillel Halkin spent a week at the           more than 2000 soldiers of Jewish ori-
American Jewish History” in the           YIVO Institute for Jewish Research as       gin who served in the German military
English-language edition of The           a visiting scholar and presented a pub-     during World War II. Mr. Rigg’s work
Forward and other newspapers. This        lic lecture entitled, “The Relationship     also was featured on NBC’s Dateline
past March, the Society published         between Modern Yiddish and Hebrew           on June 9th.
Blessings of Freedom, which comprises     Literature” in April. He spoke on              The American Jewish Historical
120 of the best columns, organized        topics such as the history of modern        Society marked the 50th anniversary of
according to subject and period.          Jewish literature in Eastern Europe         its Dialogue Forum with a series of
   Blessings of Freedom is not a          and Israel, the identities of the writers   “conversations” with four notables,
complete history of American Jewry,       and political movements behind this         each moderated by Rabbi William
but rather a collection of vignettes      literature, and the proposed canon of       Berkowitz who founded the series in
and episodes that, taken together,        modern Jewish literature recently           1951. Rabbi Berkowitz interviewed,
illuminate the overriding directions      propounded by the National Yiddish          respectively, Dr. Norman Lamm,
and tendencies of the much larger         Book Center.                                President of Yeshiva University; Rabbi
tapestry that comprises the American         The Leo Baeck Institute presented        Harold Kushner, best-selling author
Jewish experience.                        several distinguished speakers this past    of When Bad Things Happen to Good
                                          spring. Sheila Isenberg, author of A        People; Malcolm Hoenlein, executive
Speakers Round-Up                         Hero of our Own: The Story of Varian        vice-chairman of the Conference of
The American Sephardi Federation          Fry, provided a detailed portrait of the    Presidents of Major American Jewish
hosted a briefing at the Center on May     young Harvard-educated American             Organizations; and singer and actor,
10th with Israeli Minister of Justice     who rescued hundreds of individuals         Theodore Bikel. ■
Meir Sheetrit, who addressed the issue    from the Holocaust, including Marc
of compensation for the 850,000 Jews      Chagall, Max Ernst, Hannah Arendt




                                                                                               left to right:
                                                                                               Bryan Mark Rigg,
                                                                                               Meir Sheetrit, Israel’s
                                                                                               Minister of Justice,
                                                                                               Dr. Jay Winter,
                                                                                               Hillel Halkin
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     Program Of Guided Tours                                                                    for a private tour and to share experi-
                                                                                                ences and ideas with Center staff.
                                                                                                   Tours, which are led by trained

     Attracts Groups                                                                            docents, cover all areas of the Center
                                                                                                dedicated to public service and the
                                                                                                major exhibitions of the American

     From Across the USA                                                                        Jewish Historical Society, American
                                                                                                Sephardi Federation, Leo Baeck
                                                                                                Institute, and YIVO Institute for
     And Beyond                                                                                 Jewish Research. Visitors also tour
                                                                                                the areas available for special
                                                                                                events, including the Leo and Julia
                     our groups from cities as     throughout the United States. The del-       Forchheimer Auditorium and Steinberg




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                     far-flung as Caracas,          egation was on a fact-finding mission         Great Hall, and are welcome to browse
                     Venezuela, Marseilles,        to further plans for the establishment       in the Fanya Gottesfeld Heller Center
                     France, Seattle,              of a museum and cultural center in           Shop, eat in the Date Palm Café, and
                     Portland, Berkeley,           Caracas. Several members of the pro-         take advantage of the Center’s services
                     Brookline, Danbury,           fessional staff of the Center, as well       in tracing family histories. ■
     Dresher, Pennsylvania, and, most              as Sylvia Herkowitz, director of the
     recently, Roanoke, as well as the             Yeshiva University Museum, addressed
     greater New York City area, have been         the group.
     converging on the Center for Jewish              The Center also hosted,                                               The delegation from
     History for guided tours of its many          on May 28th, a group                                   Union Israelita de Caracas, Venezuela,
                                                                                                                           on tour at the Center.
     exhibitions and facilities. The Center is     from the Jewish
     pleased to accommodate group tours at         Genealogical Society
     any time during its regular hours of          of Maryland. In addi-
     operation; arrangements may be made           tion to a tour, these
     by calling 917-606-8226.                      40 enthusiastic
       The Center also offers open public          researchers made
     tours every Tuesday and Thursday at           extensive use of the
     2 p.m. Individual reservations in             resources in the
     advance are not required.                     Center’s Genealogy
       On April 11, 2002, a delegation from        Institute and Reading
     the Union Israelita de Caracas, com-          Room. And, on May




                                                                                                                                                    Barbara Goldberg
     prising teachers, architects, former          29th, Dr. Helen
     politicians, and other community lead-        Light, director of the
     ers, visited the Center as part of their      Jewish Museum of
     tour of various Jewish organizations          Australia, came by




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                    sents visitors to the Center with an ever-changing       Published in association with London’s Jewish Chronicle,
                    selection of books, Judaica, jewelry, stationery,        this is the indispensable resource for the Jewish traveler.
                    CD’s and other items. Newest additions to the        ■   Jewelry by new Israeli artist Neta Eyal has been added to
                    shop’s inventory include:                                the shop’s already extensive selection of earrings,
     ■   Swimming Across by Andrew S. Grove. The founder and                 bracelets, necklaces, and pins.
         chairman of Intel was born Andras Grof in Hungary and,          ■   Sports memorabilia. A unique collection of signed
         together with his family, survived the Nazi occupation and          baseball cards, photos, and other mementos of Jewish
         the 1956 revolution before emigrating to the United                 sports notables.
         States. This charming memoir spans the period of his early
         years, in which chilling events are seen through the eyes of    The Center Shop is open Monday to Wednesday, 10 a.m.
         a child, to his emergence as an American college student        to 5 p.m.; Thursday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; and Sunday,
         known as “Andy.”                                                9 a.m. to 5 p.m. ■
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Sharing Our Commitment                                                                                              KENNETH AND EVELYN LIPPER
                                                                                                                      FOUNDATION
                                                                                                                    CAROL AND EARLE I. MACK
                                                                                                                    MACKENZIE PARTNERS, INC.
The Center for Jewish History proudly recognizes the following donors for their most gen-                           BERNARD L. AND RUTH MADOFF
erous support of its undertaking to preserve the Jewish past and ensure the Jewish future.                            FOUNDATION
                                                                                                                    SALLY AND ABE MAGID
In addition to many anonymous gifts, this roster includes major benefactions received                               JOSEPH MALEH
through June 30, 2002. Many significant gift opportunities remain available at the Center,                           MR. AND MRS. PETER W. MAY
                                                                                                                    THE MAYROCK FOUNDATION
including the naming of outstanding facilities. Please call our Development Office at                                DRS. ERNEST AND ERIKA MICHAEL
212-294-8310.                                                                                                       ABBY AND HOWARD MILSTEIN
                                                                                                                    MORGAN STANLEY DEAN WITTER
                                                                                                                    AGAHAJAN NASSIMI AND FAMILY
FOUNDERS                              SIDNEY AND RUTH LAPIDUS               ARTHUR S. AINSBERG                      THE FAMILY OF EUGENE AND MURIEL
S. DANIEL ABRAHAM,                    MR. AND MRS. THOMAS H. LEE            MARJORIE AND NORMAN E. ALEXANDER          AND MAYER D. NELSON
   DR. EDWARD L. STEINBERG -          LEON LEVY                             MARCIA AND EUGENE APPLEBAUM             THE NEW YORK TIMES COMPANY
   SDA ENTERPRISES, INC.              GEORGE L. LINDEMANN                   BANK OF AMERICA                         BERNARD AND TOBY NUSSBAUM
ANTIQUA FOUNDATION                    THE MARCUS FOUNDATION                 SANFORD L. BATKIN                       PAUL, WEISS, RIFKIND, WHARTON
ESTATE OF SOPHIE BOOKHALTER, M.D.     MARK FAMILY FOUNDATION                BEAR, STEARNS & CO., INC.                 & GARRISON
LEO AND JULIA FORCHHEIMER             CRAIG AND SUSAN MCCAW FOUNDATION      VIVIAN AND NORMAN BELMONTE              DORIS AND MARTIN D. PAYSON
   FOUNDATION                         LEO AND BETTY MELAMED                 JACK AND MARILYN BELZ                   ARTHUR AND MARILYN PENN
LILLIAN GOLDMAN CHARITABLE TRUST      EDWARD AND SANDRA MEYER               MEYER BERMAN FOUNDATION                   CHARITABLE TRUST
KATHERINE AND CLIFFORD H. GOLDSMITH      FOUNDATION                         THE BLOOMFIELD FAMILY                   MR. AND MRS. NORMAN H. PESSIN
THE JESSELSON FAMILY                  DEL AND BEATRICE P. MINTZ             BOGATIN FAMILY FOUNDATION               PHILIP MORRIS COMPANIES INC.
THE KRESGE FOUNDATION                    FAMILY CHARITABLE FOUNDATION       RALPH H. BOOTH II                       DAVID AND CINDY PINTER
RONALD S. LAUDER                      RUTH AND THEODORE N. MIRVIS           DASSA AND BRILL - MARLENE BRILL         ROSA AND DAVID POLEN
BARBARA AND IRA A. LIPMAN AND SONS    NEW YORK STATE -                      ETHEL BRODSKY                           NANCY AND MARTIN POLEVOY
NEW YORK CITY DEPARTMENT OF              SENATOR ROY M. GOODMAN             CALIFORNIA FEDERAL BANK                 YVONNE AND LESLIE POLLACK
   CULTURAL AFFAIRS                   NUSACH VILNE, INC.                    PATRICIA AND JAMES CAYNE                  FAMILY FOUNDATION
NEW YORK STATE -                      SUSAN AND ALAN PATRICOF               CENTER SHEET METAL, INC. -              GERI AND LESTER POLLACK
   GOVERNOR GEORGE E. PATAKI          ANNE AND MARTY PERETZ                    VICTOR GANY                          FANNY PORTNOY
NEW YORK STATE -                      JUDITH AND BURTON P. RESNICK          CHASE MANHATTAN CORPORATION             BESSY L. PUPKO
   ASSEMBLY SPEAKER SHELDON SILVER    THE MARC RICH FOUNDATION              CREDIT SUISSE FIRST BOSTON              R & J CONSTRUCTION CORPORATION
RONALD O. PERELMAN                    RIGHTEOUS PERSONS FOUNDATION -        ELLA CWIK-LIDSKY                        ANNA AND MARTIN J. RABINOWITZ
BETTY AND WALTER L. POPPER               STEVEN SPIELBERG                   IDE AND DAVID DANGOOR                   JAMES AND SUSAN RATNER
RELIANCE GROUP HOLDINGS, INC.         LOUISE AND GABRIEL ROSENFELD,         ESTHER AND ROBERT DAVIDOFF                PHILANTHROPIC FUND
INGEBORG AND IRA LEON RENNERT -          HARRIET AND STEVEN PASSERMAN       ANTHONY DEFELICE - WILLIS               ARLEEN AND ROBERT S. RIFKIND
   THE KEREN RUTH FOUNDATION          DR. AND MRS. LINDSAY A. ROSENWALD     ROSALIND DEVON                          ANITA AND YALE ROE
ANN AND MARCUS ROSENBERG              S. H. AND HELEN R. SCHEUER            THE PHILIP DEVON FAMILY FOUNDATION      THE FAMILY OF EDWARD
THE SLOVIN FAMILY                        FAMILY FOUNDATION                  BERNICE AND DONALD DRAPKIN                AND DORIS ROSENTHAL
JOSEPH S. AND DIANE H. STEINBERG      FREDERIC M. SEEGAL                    E. M. WARBURG, PINCUS & CO., LLC        JACK AND ELIZABETH ROSENTHAL
DR. SAMUEL D. WAKSAL                  THE SELZ FOUNDATION                   HENRY, KAMRAN                           SHAREN NANCY ROZEN
THE WINNICK FAMILY FOUNDATION         THE SHELDON H. SOLOW FOUNDATION          AND FREDERICK ELGHANAYAN
                                                                                                                    THE HARVEY AND PHYLLIS SANDLER
                                      DAVID AND CINDY STONE –               MARTIN I. ELIAS                           FOUNDATION
SPONSORS                                 FREEDMAN & STONE LAW FIRM          GAIL AND ALFRED ENGELBERG               CAROL AND LAWRENCE SAPER
                                      ROBYNN N. AND ROBERT M. SUSSMAN       CLAIRE AND JOSEPH H. FLOM               IRENE AND BERNARD SCHWARTZ
STANLEY I. BATKIN                     HELENE AND MORRIS TALANSKY            FOREST ELECTRIC CORPORATION
JOAN AND JOSEPH F. CULLMAN 3RD                                                                                      ALLYNE AND FRED SCHWARTZ
                                      WACHTELL, LIPTON, ROSEN & KATZ        DAVID GERBER                            JOSEPH E. SEAGRAM & SONS, INC.
DIANE AND MARK GOLDMAN                FRANCES AND LAURENCE A. WEINSTEIN        AND CAROLYN KORSMEYER
HORACE W. GOLDSMITH FOUNDATION                                                                                      SIMPSON THACHER & BARTLETT
                                      GENEVIEVE AND JUSTIN WYNER            ROBERT T. AND LINDA W. GOAD             SKADDEN, ARPS, SLATE, MEAGHER
THE GOTTESMAN FUND                    DALE AND RAFAEL ZAKLAD                GOLDMAN, SACHS & CO.
THE SAMBERG FAMILY FOUNDATION                                                                                         & FLOM LLC
                                      BARBARA AND ROY J. ZUCKERBERG         EUGENE AND EMILY GRANT                  ALAN B. SLIFKA FOUNDATION
THE SKIRBALL FOUNDATION                                                        FAMILY FOUNDATION
THE SMART FAMILY FOUNDATION                                                                                         SONY CORPORATION OF AMERICA
                                      BUILDERS                              CLIFF GREENBERG                         JERRY I. SPEYER/KATHERINE G. FARLEY
TISCH FOUNDATION                                                            LORELEI AND BENJAMIN HAMMERMAN
THEODORE AND RENEE WEILER             JOSEPH ALEXANDER FOUNDATION                                                   MEI AND RONALD STANTON
                                      DWAYNE O. ANDREAS - ARCHER DANIELS    JAMES HARMON                            JUDY AND MICHAEL STEINHARDT
  FOUNDATION                                                                ELLEN AND DAVID S. HIRSCH
                                         MIDLAND FOUNDATION                                                         ANITA AND STUART SUBOTNICK
                                      BEATE AND JOSEPH D. BECKER            ADA AND JIM HORWICH                     LYNN AND SY SYMS
PATRONS                                                                     HSBC BANK
                                      ANTHONY S. BELINKOFF                                                          LYNNE AND MICKEY TARNOPOL
JUDY AND RONALD BARON                 THE DAVID BERG FOUNDATION             PAUL T. JONES II                        ALICE M. AND THOMAS J. TISCH
JAYNE AND HARVEY BEKER                HALINA AND SAMSON BITENSKY            GERSHON KEKST                           TRIARC COMPANIES -
ROBERT M. BEREN FOUNDATION            ANA AND IVAN BOESKY                   JANET AND JOHN KORNREICH                  NELSON PELTZ AND PETER MAY
BIALKIN FAMILY FOUNDATION -           CITIBANK                              KPMG LLP                                SIMA AND RUBIN WAGNER
  ANN AND KENNETH J. BIALKIN          VALERIE AND CHARLES DIKER             HILARY BALLON AND ORIN KRAMER           WEIL, GOTSHAL & MANGES
EMILY AND LEN BLAVATNIK               ERNST & YOUNG LLP                     LAQUILA CONSTRUCTION                    PETER A. WEINBERG
GEORGE AND MARION BLUMENTHAL          MR. AND MRS. BARRY FEIRSTEIN          THE FAMILY OF LOLLY AND JULIAN LAVITT   HOWARD S. WELINSKY
ABRAHAM AND RACHEL BORNSTEIN          RICHARD AND RHODA GOLDMAN FUND        LEHMAN BROTHERS                         ERNST AND PUTTI WIMPFHEIMER -
LILI AND JON BOSSE                    ARNOLD AND ARLENE GOLDSTEIN           EILEEN AND PETER M. LEHRER                ERNA STIEBEL MEMORIAL FUND
LOTTE AND LUDWIG BRAVMANN             THE SIDNEY KIMMEL FOUNDATION          DENNIS LEIBOWITZ                        HOPE AND SIMON ZIFF
THE ELI AND EDYTHE L. BROAD           GERALD AND MONA LEVINE                ABBY AND MITCH LEIGH FOUNDATION         THE ZISES FAMILY
  FOUNDATION                          THE LIMAN FOUNDATION
THE CONSTANTINER FAMILY               MERRILL LYNCH & CO., INC.
MR. AND MRS. J. MORTON DAVIS          LOIS AND RICHARD MILLER
DONALDSON, LUFKIN & JENRETTE          BRUCE C. RATNER
MICHAEL AND KIRK DOUGLAS              CAROL F. AND JOSEPH H. REICH
THE DAVID GEFFEN FOUNDATION
GEORGICA ADVISORS LLC
                                      STEPHEN ROSENBERG – GREYSTONE & CO.                    The Rewards of Giving
                                      MAY AND SAMUEL RUDIN
WILLIAM B. GINSBERG
NATHAN AND LOUISE GOLDSMITH
                                         FAMILY FOUNDATION, INC.                  To support the Center for Jewish History, you may
                                      THE MORRIS AND ALMA SCHAPIRO FUND
  FOUNDATION                          I. B. SPITZ                                 wish to consider making a gift of appreciated secu-
JACK B. GRUBMAN
FANYA GOTTESFELD HELLER
                                      SHARON AND FRED STEIN                       rities, remembering the Center in a bequest in your
                                      JANE AND STUART WEITZMAN
SUSAN AND ROGER HERTOG                DAPHNA AND RICHARD ZIMAN                    will, or naming the Center as a beneficiary of funds
MR. AND MRS. PAUL KAGAN
LEAH AND MICHAEL KARFUNKEL                                                        in your retirement account. For more information,
                                      GUARDIANS
SIMA AND NATHAN KATZ AND FAMILY
                                      MR. AND MRS. SAMUEL AARONS                  or to discuss these giving options, please call the
BARCLAY KNAPP
MR. AND MRS. HENRY R. KRAVIS          WILLIAM AND KAREN ACKMAN                    Development Office at 212-294-8310.
CONSTANCE AND HARVEY KRUEGER          MR. AND MRS. MERV ADELSON


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Did You Know?
              isitors to the Center     Today’s Paul S. and Sylvia           Center’s Leo and Julia Forchheimer



V             for Jewish History
              often notice the intri-
              cate structure of the
              facility once past the
doors of the 16th Street Lobby.
The explanation is that the
Center, now one building, was
                                        Steinberg Great Hall divides the
                                        Center and is the bridge between
                                        16th and 17th Streets. The 16th
                                        Street side of the Center houses,
                                        among other components, the
                                        Yeshiva University Museum’s Betty
                                        and Walter L. Popper Gallery, the
                                                                             Auditorium, the Date Palm Café,
                                                                             the Children’s Discovery Center,
                                                                             and the administrative offices.
                                                                             The original 20 West 17 Street,
                                                                             a 12-story building, houses the
                                                                             Center’s archival storage areas.

originally six.                         Fanya Gottesfeld Heller Center       The Center contains many addi-
                                        Shop, the Diane and Mark             tional public spaces and areas of
When construction began on the          Goldman American Jewish              interest. Guests are invited to
Center, there were four existing        Historical Society Board Room, the   explore the buildings, or join one
buildings, 11 West 16 Street,           Center’s two-story Lillian Goldman   of the public tours, offered every
15 West 16 Street, 20 West 17           Reading Room, the Genealogy          Tuesday and Thursday at 2 p.m. ■
Street and a four-story courtyard       Center, the Jonas Mendel Rennert
building, built at different times      Chapel, the Selma L. Batkin
from 1909 to 1953. Two new              Mezzanine Gallery, and the
buildings were erected at 18 West       Rosenberg Gallery and Winnick
17 Street and 22 West 17 Street.        Gallery of the Yeshiva University
The six were then merged into a         Museum. Across the Great Hall,
new steel structure.                    on the 17th Street side, are the




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