Category Archives: ISJL

2013 New Staff Orientation

Every year, shortly after graduation season, we have the pleasure of welcoming new faces to our office: new permanent staff, Education Fellows and summer interns.

macy-and-new-staff-smallerAlong with social events, our orientation includes informational sessions that get all of the new folks on the same page.  Above, ISJL president Macy Hart addresses new staff in the organizational overview session. Throughout the day, they’ll hear from each of our departments and prepare for their summer (or new life!) in Mississippi, in the office, and on the road. Hopefully, these new voices will be joining us here on the blog as well, to share some of their experiences with you, both during the summer and in the year to come.

Please join us in welcoming these new faces to their new Southern Jewish experience!

Posted on June 3, 2013

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Video Excerpt from My Recent Kentucky Adventure

Last month, I had the pleasure of visiting Ashland, Kentucky, to conduct a series of oral history interviews.  The trip was funded by the Kaplan-Simons Family Foundation, which was started by the owners of Star’s Fashion World, once a leader among the retail businesses of downtown Ashland.

I was lucky to sit down with Jerry Mansbach for a short interview on the last day of my trip. Mansbach’s father, Joe, founded a very successful scrap metal business in Ashland and became a major supporter of the town’s small traditional shul. Jerry talks here about his family’s story and his father’s success.

More videos from the trip will be available soon on the Ashland, Kentucky, page of our Online Encyclopedia of Southern Jewish Communities. You can also hear a short radio interview that I did about the project.

Posted on May 8, 2013

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