NEXT DATE: September 22, 2016  |  7 p.m.  |  Thursday

This lecture is open to the public.

Those planning to attend should r.s.v.p. to Carol Lockman, or call (302) 658-2400, ext. 243.

In his talk, Kosher USA, Dr. Roger Horowitz will follow the journey of kosher foods through the modern industrial food system. He will examine how the producers of iconic brands such as Coca-Cola and Jell-O attempted to make their products kosher and how kosher-specific products, such as Manischewitz wine, won over non-Jewish consumers (principally African Americans). Along this journey, there were contentious debates among rabbis over the incorporation of modern science into Jewish law, the techniques used by Orthodox rabbinical organizations to embed kosher requirements into food manufacturing, and continued difficulties encountered by kosher meat and other kosher foods that fell outside the American culinary consensus.

Roger Horowitz is a historian of American business, technology, and labor and an expert on the nation’s food. He has written widely about the consumption and production of meat in America. Most recently, his research has turned to kosher food, incited by powerful personal connections and intellectual curiosity. Dr. Horowitz is also the Director of the Center for the History of Business, Technology, and Society at the Hagley Museum and Library.

Remembering heros

In a 1944 letter to “Dear Mollye” Sklut, Jake Coonin wrote:

we must remember those names in something more than a bronze plaque in the foyer. Those names must represent an ideal, to be held forward to the future, as something substantial.

Let’s leave it at that – my words are too inadequate for my emotions…

Read Jake Coonin’s letter.

As we celebrate Memorial Day, I hope you will remember those names that represent the ideal that Jake Coonin was talking about.


JHSD in Dover

The Jewish Historical Society of Delaware is pleased to have the opportunity to present a special program for Delaware state employees in Dover on May 25, 2016.

Jewish American Heritage Month - May 2016Get ready for Memorial Day and commemorate Jewish American Heritage Month with an introduction to one of Delaware’s treasures. “Dear Mollye” was the salutation to hundreds of letters written by Delaware service men and women during the Second World War. The collection in the archives of the Jewish Historical Society of Delaware was created by Miss Mollye Sklut who wrote hundreds of letters to those serving in the armed forces during the war. Many of the letters she received in reply were published in the Y-Recorder, a monthly publication of the Young Men’s Hebrew Association (YMHA) where Miss Sklut worked. The Jewish Historical Society’s archivist, Gail Pietrzyk, will give you a look at this remarkable collection of letters, photographs and the stories of the men and women who rightly deserve to be remembered as “the Greatest Generation.” Discover the challenges and technology of sending mailbags around the globe to carry letters to and from the troops. Learn about the first Delawarean killed in action and about many other Delaware heroes. 


For information about offering this or similar programs to your group or organization, please contact the Jewish Historical Society of Delaware.