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Participants in the Walk for Israel, 1980. Can you identify anyone in this photo? Contact Joanna Church, 410-732-6400, ext. 226 or jchurch@jewishmuseummd.org. To see more of the Jewish Museum’s extensive collection and find  out who has been identified in past photos, visit  jewishmuseummd.org/tag/once-upon- a-time-2/.

The Pater: My Father, My Judaism, My Childlessness By Elliot Jager Toby Press, 189 pages

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Elliot Jager, who unwillingly has no children, strongly protests what he says is Judaism’s stigmatization of the childless. He’s “searching for a defense counsel, someone to offer perspective to my bill of particulars charging Judaism’s canon with disrespect, disregard, even disdain for the childless.” That idea never had entered my mind. Nor, I suspect, does… Read More

$55,000 Trip to Israel Included in Oscar Swag Bag

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A 10-day trip to Israel valued at $55,000 is among the gifts that will be offered in the swag bags given to some of this year’s Academy Awards nominees. Distinctive Assets, the company that assembled the bags, put the value on the first-class trip, the Daily Beast reported last week. In total, the luxurious gifts… Read More

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A photo of the installation of the Independent Order of Brith Sholom officers, including Aaron Friedlander and Irv Ravitz, circa 1970. Can you identify anyone in this photo? Contact Joanna Church, 410-732-6400, ext. 226 or jchurch@jewishmuseummd.org. To see more of the Jewish Museum’s extensive collection and find out who has been identified in past photos,… Read More

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These young women were photographed at an Aisquith Street studio in Baltimore, circa 1900. Can you identify anyone in this photo? Contact Joanna Church, 410-732-6400, ext. 226 or jchurch@jewishmuseummd.org.  To see more of the Jewish Museum’s extensive collection and find out who has been identified in past photos, visit  jewishmuseummd.org/tag/once-upon-a-time-2/

Disraeli: The Novel Politician, By David Cesarani Yale University Press, 282 pages

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Benjamin Disraeli, the only Jewish-born prime minister of the United Kingdom, may have been Jewish by birth, but his life and  descriptions of the Jewish people were anything but orthodox. David Cesarani’s new monograph of the historic leader begins with a short introduction about Disraeli’s father and grandfather. As a child, Disraeli becomes a Christian… Read More

Facebook’s Sandberg Donates $31M of Company Stock

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Facebook Chief operating officer Sheryl Sandberg has donated 290,000 shares of company stock, worth about $31 million, to various charities. The majority of the money will go to women’s empowerment groups and Lean In, Sandberg’s  nonprofit supporting women in the workplace, according to CNBC, citing an unnamed source familiar with Sandberg’s plans. The donations were… Read More

Return to Zion: The History of Modern Israel By Eric Gartman University of Nebraska Press, 331 pages

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Most people are familiar with the history of Israel, but they weren’t standing on Masada more than 2,000 years ago when what had been the last Jewish stronghold fell to the Roman Empire. That is where Eric Gartman’s account of modern Israeli history begins before fast-forwarding to the turn of the 20th century, the rise… Read More