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Highlighting the work of our grantees.

25Mar 18
Israel’s Founding: Eyewitness Accounts

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

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

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
Portraits Of A Ghetto: An Exhibition

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

“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

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

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

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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17Aug 17
Jofa’s Groundbreaking The Joy Of Text Podcast

Jofa’s Groundbreaking The Joy Of Text Podcast

For anyone not familiar with JOFA’s (Jewish Orthodox Feminist Alliance) Joy of Text podcast featuring in-depth, frank discussions about Judaism, sexuality, and their intersection, JOFA suggests the episode presented here as an excellent introduction to the monthly series. “The Sex-Ed/Trans Episode” (http://jpmedia.co/the-trans-sex-ed-episode/) begins with a wide-ranging discussion of ways to talk with kids about sex, then considers what it’s like…

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23Jul 17
Nazi Hunter Efraim Zuroff: Focus On Lithuania Chronicled In Newsweek

Nazi Hunter Efraim Zuroff: Focus on Lithuania Chronicled in Newsweek

Newsweek recognized the critically important work being done by Nazi hunter and frequent Targum Shlishi collaborator Efraim Zuroff, who heads the Simon Wiesenthal Center’s Israel office. The magazine recently ran a cover story on Zuroff that focuses on the Holocaust awareness work he has been doing in Lithuania and on the country’s controversial response. Targum Shlishi has partnered with or…

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