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Tashlich: Coming Together and Casting Off

Does your community have an interesting Tashlich custom? Tell us about it! [email protected] by Rachel Druck It can be difficult to find customs that contemporary Jews have in common with each other: something that any Jew, whether Ashkenazi or Sefardi, Orthodox or Reform, from a community in Australia or a community in India or community in […]

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Shana Tova Cards – a Short History

Shana Tova greeting cards are a surprisingly ancient tradition – dating back to 14th century Germany and preceding Christmas cards by nearly 500 years! They were initially the privilege of the rich, until the introduction of postal stamps and post cards in the 19th century popularized the custom. Following is a rare collection of Shana […]

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SHANA TOVA – Happy New Year 5777!

Setting up a Sukkah, decorating with the four species, performing a Tashlikh (casting away sins), or fasting on Yom Kippur – Jewish high holidays ceremonies from around the world View 18 unique photos from our collections: Children holding the four species. New York, USA, Sukkot, 1950’s: Girl reading a book about Rosh Hashana, Israel, 1950’s: […]

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Amy Winehouse: Rewind

Amy Winehouse, the Jewish-British musician accomplished a lot in her tragically short life. Including two chart topping studio albums, “Frank,” and “Back To Black,” which won five Grammy awards. They re-entered in Billboard’s Top 10 catalog shortly after her death. “Amy Winehouse: A Family Portrait” is an original exhibition about Amy Winehouse, curated by the […]

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The Refugee Doctor Who Inspired the Paralympics

How Ludwig Guttmann fled from twisted Nazi race theories to restore hope and self-belief in people with disabilities Treating many war, Guttmann fundamentally disagreed with the commonly held medical view on a paraplegic patient’s future. Thanks to him, a small Archery event for disabled athletes turned to 4,300 athletes from 161 nations competing at the Rio Paralympic Games Ludwig Guttmann fled […]

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Jewish Family Names

What’s in the name? Family names are a quite modern phenomena – becoming widespread only the recent 200 years. They were created as a means to distinguish between people in a time where communities grew and national registries were formed. With trades and location being the main source of names – but heritage rights or […]

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Back To School

People of The Book It’s September and school is back. Few things bond Jewish communities throughout centuries and diasporas more than the bond of learning and commitment to education. Here are some school related images from our collection at the Beit Hatfutsot open databases   1. Pupils in a religious school, Israel, 1950’s   2. Jewish […]