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JHSD newsletter Winter-2016

JHSD Interview on History Matters

In this month’s History Matters, produced in collaboration with the Delaware Historical Society, we learn more about another Historical Society whose materials are housed at the Delaware Historical Society in Wilmington.

The Jewish Historical Society of Delaware was founded in 1974 with the goal of acquiring, preserving, and publishing material pertaining to the history of Jewish settlement and Jewish life in Delaware.

The Jewish Historical Society’s president, Dan Kristol, and its archivist Gail Pietrzyk join us on this month’s History Matters to discuss the organization’s mission and work.

Delaware Public Media logoListen to the the interview at Delaware Public Media

Peddlers and the Great Jewish Migration to the New World

Hasia Diner (Paul and Sylvia Steinberg Professor of American Jewish History and Director, Goldstein-Goren Center for American Jewish History, New York University)

Hasia DinerThursday, October 1st 2015 at 7:00 PM

This Lecture  at Hagley Museum and Library 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 the talk “Peddlers and the Great Jewish Migration to the New World,” Hasia Diner will tell the story of millions of discontented young Jewish men who sought opportunity abroad by working as peddlers, leaving parents, wives, and sweethearts behind. Wherever they went, they learned unfamiliar languages and customs, endured loneliness, battled the elements, and proffered goods from the metropolis to people of the hinterlands. In many places these traveling men brought change—to themselves and the families who later followed, to the women whose homes and communities they entered, and ultimately to the geography of Jewish history. Dr. Diner will highlight real individuals and their experiences, and how these peddlers shaped the Jewish Diaspora and individual communities around the world.

Hasia Diner is Paul and Sylvia Steinberg Professor of American Jewish History and director, Goldstein-Goren Center for American Jewish History, New York University.

An Afternoon of Song and Music

An Afternoon of Song and Music

Based on Rabbi Edward Zerin’s book
A Tribute to my Teacher, Rabbi Simon Krinsky

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Watch An Afternoon of Yiddish Song and Poetry on YouTube

Composed by Dr. Michael Isaacson
Performed by Cantor Roslyn Barak
Accompanied by, Ronnie Michael Greenberg

Yiddish and English Poetry Readings
By Rabbi Edward Zerin

October 5th, 2014 Raoul Wallenberg Day in Delaware

Governor Jack Markell Officially Declares October 5th, 2014 Raoul Wallenberg Day in Delaware.

New York City, NY – In honor of the bravery, heroism and courage of Raoul Wallenberg, Governor Jack Markell has officially declared October 5th, 2014, as Raoul Wallenberg Day in the State of Delaware. The IRWF initiated a campaign aimed at obtaining official proclamations of “Wallenberg Day” in the United States in 2005. This is the first time that the State of Delaware is joining this initiative. Raoul Wallenberg was a Swedish diplomat sent to Hungary in June 1944. In just a six-month stay in Budapest, he rescued tens of thousands of Jews. He was never seen again after January 17, 1945, when the Soviets imprisoned him. On October 5th 1981, Raoul Wallenberg was declared an Honorary Citizen of the U.S and on July 9th, 2014, Raoul Wallenberg was given the Congressional Gold Medal during an inspirational ceremony held at the U.S. Capital. The International Raoul Wallenberg Foundation (IRWF) is a non-governmental organization with the mission to develop educational programs, historical research projects and public awareness campaigns based on the values represented by Raoul Wallenberg and other brave Rescuers of the Holocaust. More than 200 Heads of State, Nobel Prize laureates and other distinguished personalities from all walks of life, including Governor Jack Markell endorse the work of the Foundation as its Honorary Members. For more information, visit: