Joe Rooks-Rapport

Joe Rooks-Rapport is senior rabbi at The Temple in Louisville, Kentucky. He is a graduate of the Hebrew Union College (1984) and received his Ph.D. in American Jewish history from Washington University in 1988.

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Louise Waterman Wise

Philanthropist and charity worker Louise Waterman Wise was likely the first American Jewish Woman to be awarded the Order of the British Empire, the equivalent of a knighthood. She was, without doubt, the first to decline the honor. How an ardent Zionist and outspoken critic of Britain’s “ruthless conduct” with respect to Jewish settlement in Palestine could, nevertheless, perform such outstanding service to the British people as to merit official praise, is just one aspect of the “legend of Louise.”

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