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Highlighting the work of our grantees.

10Jun 18

Jewish Spirituality—The Meeting Point Between Eastern and Western Philosophy

“We live in a generation thirsting for spirituality,” says Rabbi Yakov Nagen, an interfaith activist and author who teaches at Yeshivat Otniel. Targum Shlishi is supporting the translation into English of Rabbi Yakov Nagen’s 2013 book Awakening to a New Day, to be published by Maggid in early 2019. Awakening to a New Day tackles the existential challenges we face about…

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25Mar 18

Israel’s Founding: Eyewitness Accounts

They were there: establishing Israel Interviewing people who helped found the State of Israel is the mission of the Jerusalem-based organization Toldot Yisrael, which has been engaged in a race against time since its founding in 2007. Toldot Yisrael videotapes interviews with men and women who were members of Israel’s 1948 generation in order to gather and preserve history. Since…

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28Jan 18

Remembering—and Mis-Remembering—the Holocaust

The history of the Holocaust in Lithuania was effectively rewritten for decades. In a “country [that] sports street names and monuments honoring locals who collaborated with the Nazis during World War Two,” as Josh Cohen wrote on the website Defending History, any inquiries into the nature of the widespread Lithuanian collaboration with Nazis was considered taboo. That status quo has…

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14Jan 18

Ordaining Women as Orthodox Clergy: Hearing from the Students

What is it like to be one of the women enrolled at Yeshivat Maharat, the first yeshiva to ordain women as Orthodox clergy? “When you know that the very thing that you are doing, albeit groundbreaking or controversial, is important, valuable and necessary for yourself and the community” then you have to keep at it, even when faced with challenges,…

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23Dec 17
Sarah Lydia-Singer

Portraits of a Ghetto: An Exhibition

Traveling in Europe with a friend several years ago, Sarah L. Singer had no desire to go to Venice, much less to explore the site of the Jewish Ghetto established there five hundred years ago. She certainly didn’t expect to be enchanted by her first encounter with the site, or to travel back time and again from her home in...
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02Dec 17

“Holocaust Escape Tunnel” is a NOVA Documentary that Showcases How Ground Penetrating Radar Located the Ponar Tunnel

A Targum Shlishi grant helped support a significant archaeological research project that has garnered international attention and has been the subject of a recent NOVA documentary, Holocaust Escape Tunnel, which first aired on PBS in April 2017. The research located an escape tunnel in the Ponar forest near Vilnius, Lithuania, built by prisoners during the Holocaust, who used mainly spoons and their hands to dig...
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18Nov 17

A Battle for Memory: Documentary About Warsaw Ghetto Archives

Almost no one knows about the secret group of intellectuals that documented life in the Warsaw Ghetto and buried the documents on the eve of the uprising. Thousands of those documents were recovered in 1946 and 1950 but were largely untranslated and little known for decades, until historian Samuel Kassow’s 2007 book Who Will Write Our History? A documentary film of the same title is currently...
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03Sep 17

The Palestinian “Lone Wolf,” Deconstructed

Exploring the Psychology of the “Lone Wolf” Terrorist An innovative and important pilot study by Dr. Irwin J. (Yitzchak) Mansdorf, Ph.D., of the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs’ Institute for Contemporary Affairs delved into the psychology of the “lone wolf” terrorist. Targum Shlishi helped support this research. Dr. Mansdorf and his team released the preliminary findings in the May 2017…

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24Aug 17

Symbols of the Holocaust

Targum Shlishi helped support Oren Baruch Stier’s book Holocaust Icons: Symbolizing the Shoah in History and Memory (Rutgers University Press). In the book, Stier explores what he calls Holocaust icons, which are symbols that have essentially become stand-ins for the Holocaust. The four symbols he looks at in the book are: World War II-era railway boxcars, the “Arbeit macht frei”…

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