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Rabbi Edith Meyerson, 30

Listening to people in pain.
Staff Writer
05/09/2011 - 20:00

Thoughts of a career in medicine began at the dinner table. Edith Meyerson’s father, a cardiologist, described his healing work. Meyerson recognized “a sacred element” in medicine.

Her eventual career also began at the family’s dinner table. One college semester of chemistry “kicked my butt.” “What do you want to do now?” her father asked. Something to make people’s lives “a little better,” she answered. “What about a rabbi?” he asked.

Rabbi Edith Meyerson

Rabbi Shlomo Uzhansky, 29

Creating Russian-Jewish community on Staten Island.
Staff Writer
05/09/2011 - 20:00

Rabbi Shlomo Uzhansky was born in Kiev, raised in Philadelphia, and educated in upstate Monsey and Lakewood, N.J. After he married, he and his wife, Chana, moved to Jerusalem.

For the past three years, the rabbi has been spending more time in Staten Island and, since last summer, the rabbi has called Staten Island home. The borough is known for its growing population of Russian-speaking Jews, many of whom are unaffiliated. “People move there because they don’t want to be found,” he says. Many are professionals in their 20s and 30s with young children.

Rabbi Shlomo Uzhansky

36 Under 36 2011

This, the fourth installment of the “36 Under 36” list, highlights the dedicated lay leaders who are reordering our legacy organizations alongside community activists and social justice crusaders whose startups are chock-full of innovation.

05/09/2011 - 20:00

 Watch a video of the Jewish Week's reception for 36 Under 36 honorees here.

36 Under 36 for 2011

Konstantin Kraz, 35

Connecting ex-Soviet young professionals.
Staff Writer
05/09/2011 - 20:00

Growing up in Northern California, Konstantin Kraz had very few Russian friends. That changed in 2000, when, as a student at San Jose State University, he went to Germany with a delegation from Hillel International on a program called “Bridge of Understanding.” Of the 18 participants, six were Russian immigrants. “Wow, these people are just like me,” he said.

Konstantin Kraz

Shira Kline, 35

Teaching Jewish kids how to rock.
05/09/2011 - 20:00

Shira Kline never thought she’d be doing what she’s doing: performing music for young Jewish children. “I’m a daughter of a rabbi,” Kline said. “As a kid, I made a promise that I wouldn’t be a professional Jew.

“That didn’t work out,” she added.

Not that she’s complaining. As the founder of the children’s Jewish music band ShirLaLa (www.shirlala.com), Kline says that she has discovered her true path.

Shira Kline

The History of Genocide Initiative

05/02/2011 - 20:00

In 2009, the Center for Jewish History embarked on a landmark, multidisciplinary initiative with the generous support of the David Berg Foundation, The Einhorn Charitable Trust and The Pershing Square Foundation. The History of Genocide Initiative explored and informed the public about Raphael Lemkin’s life and the impact of his work on modern society.

Quest to End Genocide New York, 2009 Center for Jewish History

Raphael Lemkin and the Quest to End Genocide

05/02/2011 - 20:00

In early 2009, I was invited by the Center for Jewish History to serve as an academic advisor for and to give a paper at a conference entitled “Genocide and Human Experience: Raphael Lemkin’s Thought and Vision.” The occasion brought me to the Center for the first time.

Letters of Conscience: Raphael Lemkin

Digitizing a Movement

05/02/2011 - 20:00

Wissenschaft des Judentums (Scholarly Study of Judaism) names a method of study and a hundred-year trajectory of texts originating in the early -19th century, which ignited fierce debates on the meaning of “Judaism.” The first of several “returns to Judaism” after the Jewish Enlightenment (haskala), this movement aimed to make the history of Jewish life and religion available to a German Jewry that had been alienated, or so its founders argued, from traditional practices.

Die Gottesdienstlichen Vortrage der Juden, History of the Jewish Sermon, Dr. Leopold Zunz, Berlin, 1832. Leo Baeck Institute

The Online Revolution

05/02/2011 - 20:00

The current revolution in computing and information technology is rapidly transforming the entire library world. The first indications of the potential of digitization emerged more than twenty years ago when libraries realized that they could convert their card catalogues to digital formats so that they could be much more easily searched. The next, obvious, step was to mount the digital catalogs (now called OPACs, or online public access catalogs) on the Worldwide Web.

Still from OPAC Digital Animation, New York, 2010. Center for Jewish History

On Being a Center for Jewish History Doctoral Fellow

05/02/2011 - 20:00

Surrounded by Jewish conversion records from the Lithuanian Ecclesiastical Consistory, maps of the Pale of Jewish Settlement from the Evreiskaia Entsiklopedia (Jewish Encyclopedia, St. Petersburg, 1906-13), and secondary literature on imperial Russian Jewry, I comfortably settled into a year of dissertation research and writing at the Center for Jewish History in 2007-2008.

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