American Jewish Experience Around the Web

By Erika Dreifus on April 25, 2017


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).

  • “Moishe House is celebrating its 100th home for 20-something Jews: Moishe House Atlanta – Buckhead will create a hub for young Jewish life in Atlanta and will be home to three dynamic residents – Amy Abelson, 28; Cassidy Artz, 25; and Matthew Spruchman, 25 – who are eager to build and create their own grassroots community by hosting at least 60 programs annually reaching more than 300 unique participants over the next year.” (via eJewish Philanthropy)
  • “Last summer, before election fever took hold, the big headlines concerned accusations of police abuse and police killings. Jews weren’t making these claims — but a century ago Jews were among the first ‘white’ minorities to undergo this kind of treatment, and to protest it.” (Robert Slayton, via Jewish Currents)
  • Disturbing news from our own time: “Anti-Semitic incidents in the U.S. surged more than one-third in 2016 and have jumped 86 percent in the first quarter of 2017, according to new data from the Anti-Defamation League (ADL). In its annual Audit of Anti-Semitic Incidents, ADL reports that there has been a massive increase in the amount of harassment of American Jews, particularly since November, and a doubling in the amount of anti-Semitic bullying and vandalism at non-denominational K-12 grade schools” (ADL)
  • “This year, Alaska celebrates 150 years since secretary of state William Seward acquired it from Russia for over $7 million in 1867. ‘Seward’s Folly’ later became a mother lode for the gold rush, illuminated by the northern lights. Currently, the Alaska Jewish Museum is looking to illuminate the state’s Jewish history as well….One exhibit, ‘Jewish Movers and Shakers of Early Anchorage,’ tells the story of six families whom [Chabad Lubavitch Rabbi Yosef] Greenberg called ‘instrumental’ in establishing the city. A second exhibit, ‘On the Wings of Eagles: Alaska’s Contribution to Operation Magic Carpet,’ represents Alaska Airlines’ role transporting Yemenite Jews to the new state of Israel during Operation Magic Carpet. In late May, the museum will unveil an exhibit about unsuccessful efforts to help Jews from Nazi Germany escape to Alaska. The museum is also planning an exhibit about Jewish involvement in the Alaska Purchase.” (Rich Tenorio for The Times of Israel)
  • Also from the museum-y world: Iconic works by artist and activist Ben Shahn are now on view at Chicago’s Spertus Institute.