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Synagogues/Temples

Ruth Nussbaum preserves a Torah on Kristallnacht

November 10, 1938

Ruth Nussbaum preserves a Torah on Kristallnacht.

Bat Mitzvah Interview Questions

Questions provided for the interview aspect of the Go & Learn lesson plan for youth, "More Than Just a Party: Bat/Bar Mitzvah, Then and Now."
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Bat Mitzvah Interview Questions

Questions provided for the interview aspect of the Go & Learn lesson plan for youth, "More Than Just a Party: Bat/Bar Mitzvah, Then and Now."

Beth Israel Synagogue, New Orleans

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The new Beth Israel Synagogue in New Orleans, inaugurated in August 2012.

Photo by Alexander Barkoff.

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The new Beth Israel Synagogue in New Orleans, inaugurated in August 2012.

Photo by Alexander Barkoff.

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“I struggle.”

Growing up, my discomfort derived from the separate-but-equal mentality I found inherent within a mechitza service. Sometimes, the mechitza is a balcony (women in the back, men in the front). Sometimes, the Torah and the service-leader are only on the men’s side. Even in the more forward-thinking mechitza services that I’ve attended, there are still areas in which women may not lead. As an outspoken queer feminist, mechitzas make me uncomfortable... to say the least.

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A mechitza, created for the Suburban Torah Center in Livingston, New Jersey, and features carved glass ornamentation.
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A mechitza, created for the Suburban Torah Center in Livingston, New Jersey, and features carved glass ornamentation.

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Menorah, Congregation Beth Israel, New Orleans, April 11, 2006, cropped

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Menorah with one arm broken off, in Congregation Beth Israel in New Orleans, pictured during a Spring Break service trip to Louisiana for Jewish teenages from Westchester, New York, April 11, 2006.
Courtesy of Rick Weil. Katrina's Jewish Voices, Object #2448 (June 03 2013, 10:20 am).
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Menorah with one arm broken off, in Congregation Beth Israel in New Orleans, pictured during a Spring Break service trip to Louisiana for Jewish teenages from Westchester, New York, April 11, 2006.


Courtesy of Rick Weil. Katrina's Jewish Voices, Object #2448 (June 03 2013, 10:20 am).

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Margaret Fleet, 1919 - 2013

When Margaret Fishler Fleet graduated from St. Joseph’s Academy of Music in Fernandina Beach, FL many years ago, her beloved piano teacher, Sister Nola, gave Margaret the nun’s only worldly possession, a lace handkerchief as a present. So profound was Margaret’s love of music that she made sure each of her four daughters and her granddaughters carried the handkerchief during their own weddings. A week before she died, she mustered the energy to perform a final piano recital for her family.

Margaret Fleet and her daughters, December 2012

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Margaret Fleet with her daughters, Claire, Robin, Adele, and Dolly, December 2012.
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Margaret Fleet with her daughters, Claire, Robin, Adele, and Dolly, December 2012.

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Margaret Fleet, 2007

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Margaret Fleet in 2007.
Photograph by Bethany Versoy, courtesy Adele Fleet Bacow.
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Margaret Fleet in 2007.


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