The Jews of Long Island 1705-1918 – A New Book Talk on Zoom with the Author

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The author tells us the story of how Jewish communities were established on LI and developed east of NYC from Great Neck to Sag Harbor It took six years of research for the author, Brad Kolodny to learn how, when, and why Jewish families settled and thrived on Long Island. Some as peddlers, farmers, and...

Jews of Denmark: A Virtual Tour of Jewish Copenhagen

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Join us in this interactive session to explore the history and present situation of the Jews of Denmark.This conversation explores the history of Jewish Copenhagen: the triumphs, sorrows, and legacies of those who have long called Denmark home. We'll explore important locations throughout the city, such as the Great Synagogue. We'll discuss World War ll...

A Taste of AJU’s Global Jewish Life Tours: Caesarea

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Built two thousand years ago by Rome’s Judean Governor Herod the Great, Caesarea was one of the largest and most magnificent ports in the Mediterranean during the Roman period. Giant engineered piers designed by Herod stretched out into the sea to accommodate dozens of ships. During the Roman period, Caesarea contained a hippodrome, aqueduct and...

Cinema Chats: “The Automat”

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Join us on Zoom with director Lisa Hurwitz and moderator Lucy Shahar to get a behind-the-scenes look at her acclaimed documentary.Travel back in time to experience this unique and strangely familiar piece of America's history. More than just entertainment, The Automat (2021), with its star-studded cast including Mel Brooks, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, and Colin Powell,...

Confronting Antisemitism in the Entertainment Industry

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Kanye, Kyrie, Dave Chappelle… it seems that every day there is a new public figure in the entertainment industry that promotes or normalizes antisemitism. For years, Creative Community for Peace has worked closely with digital platforms to identify, remove, and educate the masses on antisemitic content in the media. Join AJU’s President Dr. Jeffrey Herbst...

GANGSTERS, GONIFFS & GOONS, a Talk on Zoom About Jewish Hoods in the Cinema

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Join us as we discuss the well-known Jewish bad boys of cinema who have terrorized audiences over the past 100 years.There have been a whole lot of nice Jewish boys in the movies—just as there have been a number of nasty ones! Join us as we survey the well-known Hebrew hoods of cinema who have...

A Virtual Purim Pet Parade and Costume Contest!

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Back and better than ever, we're once again celebrating one of the happiest holidays on the Jewish calendar with the critters that make us the happiest — our pets! Enter your pet pal in our Purim Pet Parade & Costume Contest for fun, for glory, for prizes and for bringing smiles to everyone who sees...

AJU Presents: Purim Mixology

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Be your own mixologist and fulfill the mitzvah of Purim by making and drinking your new favorite Purim-themed cocktails! Join award-winning bartender and founder of Maccabee Bar, Naomi Levy to learn how to perfectly shake a cocktail, make a special syrup, and prepare two cocktails that will take your Purim party to the next level....

Why Is It Always the Jews?

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Antisemitism is alive and well in many places. What is it about Jews – and Judaism – that arouses so many strong feelings? How does antisemitism present itself – in subtle and unsubtle ways? Is there a "cure" for the ailment of antisemitism that has seemed to plague our civilization? Rabbi Jeff Salkin will share...

Jews of Iran: A Photographic Chronicle

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Westerners often imagine Jews in Iran as a captive and oppressed community, alienated within their home nation yet restricted from leaving it. The reality is much more complex. Jews of Iran is a photographic journey through twenty-first-century Iran, providing a unique view of the country’s Jewish community in situations typically unknown to the Western world....

To Be or Not to Be: The Jewish American Paradox

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How can Jews who have different values, perspectives, and relationships with their faith, keep the community open, vibrant, and thriving? Jews in America are in a period of unprecedented status and impact, but for many their identity as Jews--religiously, historically, culturally--is increasingly complicated. Many are becoming Jews without Judaism. It appears success and acceptance will...

The Secret History of Jews and Baseball

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Since the late 1800s, American Jews have had a love affair with baseball – as players, fans, sportswriters, owners, and executives. Professor Peter Dreier will be in conversation with Jonathan Dobrer to discuss the key Jewish figures who have influenced baseball from the Little Leagues to the Major Leagues. He will also present some surprising...

The Marriage Box: Old World Traditions Meet New World Desires

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Casey Cohen, a Middle Eastern Jew, is a sixteen-year-old in New Orleans in the 1970s when she starts hanging out with the wrong crowd. Then she gets in trouble—and her parents turn her whole world upside down by deciding to return to their roots, the Orthodox Syrian Jewish community in Brooklyn. In this new and...