American Jewish Experience Around the Web

By Erika Dreifus on March 21, 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).

  • “The Times-Picayune is marking the tricentennial of New Orleans with its ongoing 300 for 300 project, running through 2018 and highlighting the moments and people that connect and inspire us.” Recently, the series spotlighted “the formation of the Jewish temple that would become Touro Synagogue,” back in 1828.
  • “If you’re seeking a way to connect—or reconnect—to Judaism, Arq just might be what you’re looking for. Over the past eight months, Brooklyn-based entrepreneur Danya Shults created and launched the Jewish lifestyle brand and internet platform that organizes retreats, singles meet-ups, workshops (like menorah painting), shabbat gatherings, and more, and publishes inspirational interviews, field guides about global cuisine and gift-giving, and behind-the-scenes looks at personal Judaica collections. It’s a one-stop shop for bringing Judaism to people on more experimental and approachable terms.” See Zoë Miller’s Tablet article for more.
  • “Sometimes an exhibition, planned years in advance, arrives at a moment that makes it seem remarkably prescient. That is true of a show opening on March 17 at the National Museum of American Jewish History in Philadelphia and later this year at the American Jewish Historical Society in New York.” The New York Times previews “1917: How One Year Changed the World.”
  • “Staff Sgt. Jack Weiner, a navigator for the 345th Bombardment Group, was killed during an air raid on Aug. 10, 1945, days before the surrender of Japan. He was the only son of a Jewish immigrant mother from Russia, who had enlisted in the military despite being excused from the draft.” Late last month, his headstone was replaced with one bearing the Star of David. JTA has the story.
  • And finally: “Is Rummikub Jewish?” That question guides Barry Joseph’s Forward article. (And, for me, a trip down Memory Lane.)