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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      Fanny Brice

      Few Jewish comedians have made such a significant contribution to both Jewish humor and popular culture as Fanny Brice.

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      Fending Off the Missionaries

      A group of Protestant clergymen decided their new mission would be to convert European Jews and settling them in a rural agricultural community somewhere in the United States.

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      Gershom Mendes Seixas

      The first American-born Rabbi.

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      Tomas Trevino de Sobremonte

      On April 11, 1649, Tomas Trevino de Sobremonte was burned at the stake in Mexico City, a victim of the Inquisition. His crime: practicing the rites and ceremonies of the

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      Isaac Harby

      Isaac Harby petitioned his synagogue for changes in the Shabbat service, introducing a spirit of reform in American Judaism.

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      Judah Monis

      America's first Hebrew instructor taught students at Harvard College from 1722 to 1760. His career teaches us about the challenges of maintaining a Jewish life in early America.

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      Rabbi Gittelsohn's Iwo Jima Sermon

      Rabbi Gittelsohn was a Jewish chaplain in the Marine Corps who witnessed the battle of Iwo Jima, and he tirelessly comforted and encouraged the men around him.

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      Leo Frank Is Lynched

      Falsely accused of murdering a girl, a Jew is killed by a mob while imprisoned in Georgia.

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      Judah Touro: American Jewish Philanthropist

      Judah Touro set the standard for Jewish American philanthropy by generously donating money to synagogues and other Jewish organizations.

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      George Washington's Letter to Newport

      Washington promises no sanction to bigotry, and no assistance to persecution.


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