Tag Archives: Diaspora

Auschwitz + Camp (The Holocaust in American Life in the New York Times Friday Weekend Arts II Section)

Nobody reads print anymore, but these things matter. About the new and important exhibition of artifacts from Auschwitz now on display at the Museum of Jewish Heritage, the editors at the New York Times Friday Weekend Arts section made bad … Continue reading

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Purim (Sick in the Street)

Yes, the synagogue is a public institution. But compared to in Israel, diaspora Judaism is not really social. It’s indoors. Except here and there, diaspora Judaism doesn’t happen on “the street.” It has no “space of appearance.” As “a Zionist,” … Continue reading

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Lithuanian Synagogue Mural Burlington Vermont (Diaspora Accidental)

This story ran in the NYT a couple weeks back about a synagogue mural created in 1910 at Chai Adam congregation in Burlington Vermont. My interest was drawn in part because my colleague Samuel Gruber here at SU is involved … Continue reading

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Juifs hors de france?

It’s been too easy to pretend that anti-Semitism is just a weapon of the Jewish establishment to tamp down criticism of Israel, but I think we should reconsider with a much colder eye. On a snowy winter day, I’m reading … Continue reading

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American Jewish Ruin (The Catskills) (Diaspora Decrepitude)

I nice bit of American Jewish social history cum nostalgia, this article in the Forward tells the by now familiar tale about the life and death story of the once great Catskill resorts and casinos. Jump straight to the slideshow … Continue reading

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Jewish Holidays at Syracuse University (Diaspora)

At a certain point the holiday crush got too much at Syracuse University. Because why should classes be cancelled for Yom Kippur and then Eid al Fitr, and not for Diwali or Chinese New Year? You get the point. So … Continue reading

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