AJE Around the Web

By Erika Dreifus on August 16, 2016


Welcome to the latest installment of “American Jewish Experience Around the Web.” In these posts, we share some of the most compelling items we’ve discovered online lately that address American Jewish Experience (AJE).

  • The Olympic Games in Rio have prompted some deeply thoughtful essays on the experience of watching the Games unfold as an American Jew. See, for instance, Emily Shire for Bustle.com and Judy Bolton-Fasman for JewishBoston.com.
  • Attention, Houstonians! “Chabad of West Houston has purchased its first permanent home, enabling the center for Jewish life and learning on the city’s west side to accommodate its growing community and to pioneer outreach services for children and teens with special needs.” See this Jewish Herald-Voice story for details.
  • Elsewhere in Texas: “An Orthodox Jewish woman has sued Dallas County for allegedly rescinding a job offer over her Shabbat observance.” JTA has the story.
  • On Tablet, Eric Muller’s “How a Seattle Synagogue Made News by Hiring a New Custodian” looks back on one immigrant rabbi’s compassion for a newly-free Japanese-American internee. “It is tempting to imagine that what Cohn did was part of a broader American Jewish commitment to easing the plight of the Nikkei,” Muller notes. “But it was not.”
  • Esther D. Kustanowitz recently participated in PURPOSE: The Family Entertainment & Faith-Based Summit, a “mostly Christian” event sponsored by Variety magazine. And she wrote about the experience for Jewish Journal.

So those are our latest AJE finds. Is there anything that you’d like to share?