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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      General Grant and the Jews

      The Civil War hero expelled Jews from three states until Lincoln made him rescind the order.

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      Mordecai Manuel Noah

      Mordecai Manuel Noah tried to found a Jewish colony on Grand Island until the Jews regained possession of the Holy Land.

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      Blood of Damascus

      When several prominent Jews in Damascus were accused of using non-Jewish blood to make matzah, the Jews of the world banded together to fight back. American Jewry specifically experienced its first taste of successful, united action.

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      Don Solomono, Jewish Indian Chief

      Solomon Bibo won the trust of the Acoma Pueblo Indians of New Mexico, and in 1888 he became governor of the Acoma Pueblo.

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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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      Kosher Meat Boycott of 1902

      Jewish homemakers mobilized the women of the Lower East Side to protest the increasing meat prices.

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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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      A Few Humble Coins and the Making of Israel

      The creation of the state of Israel in 1948 is largely a result of President Truman and his administration.

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      The Trefa Banquet and the End of a Dream

      The serving of tref food at the banquet to celebrate Hebrew Union College's first ordained graduating class led to the formal break between tradition and reform.

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      Molly Picon

      Star of Yiddish film and theatre.


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