Articles By Michael Feldberg

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    Michael Feldberg

    Michael Feldberg, Ph.D. is executive director of the George Washington Institute for Religious Freedom. From 1991 to 2004, he served as executive director of the American Jewish Historical Society, the nation's oldest ethnic historical organization, and from 2004 to 2008 was its director of research.


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      Benjamin Cardozo, Jewish Justice

      Justice Cardozo's background as a Sephardic Jew shaped his entire career.

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      Kosher Coca-Cola

      As a symbol of American culture, Coca-Cola has penetrated every nation in the world and is served at the most strictly kosher events. While Coke has been on the market since 1886, only since 1935 has it been certified kosher, including kosher l'Pesach.

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      The St. Louis

      The German luxury ship, the St. Louis, sailed to Cuba with over 900 passengers on it, only to be turned away and sent back to Europe.

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      Aaron Lopez's Struggle for Citizenship

      Aaron Lopez was denied citizenship in pre-Revolutionary Rhode Island because he wasn't a Christian.

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      Jewish Chaplains in the Civil War

      Jews enlisted in both the Union and the Confederate armies during the Civil War, but they were not allowed to serve as chaplains to provide religious and emotional support, as well as to preside over Jewish funerals.

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      Ruth Gruber

      A life dedicated to rescue.

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      Thanksgiving and the Jews: Pennsylvania, 1868

      When the Governor of Pennsylvania declared that Thanksgiving should be celebrated as a Christian holiday in 1868, the rabbis of Philadelphia protested.

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      Mickey Marcus: Israel's American General

      After a distinguished career in military and public service to the United States, the 46-year-old Marcus wrote his name forever in the annals of Israeli history.

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      The Levy-Franks Family

      The Levy-Franks family struggled with the ever-present challenge of maining a strong Jewish identity in a secular society.

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      Jefferson and the Jews

      Thomas Jefferson was a strong advocate for civic equality and religious freedom for American Jews.


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