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5000 Years of Jewish History with Rabbi Berel Wein

Rabbi Wein and the Destiny Foundation present 33 short talks on Jewish history. The Destiny Foundation produces educational and entertaining media to tell the story of the Jewish people to the Jewish people.

 

Ahmedinejad Invited to Auschwitz

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmedinejad has become the world's leading denier of the Holocaust. In Jerusalem, Noah Flug, President of the Auschwitz International Committee, of former prisoners of Auschwitz has sent an invitation to the Iranian leader to visit the death camp to see it for himself.

 

American Jewish Committee Archives

The AJC has launched ajcarchives.org, a massive online archive that contains materials from AJC's last hundred years. The website features speeches, radio programs, commercials, articles and much more.  See and hear Bella Abzug, George Burns, Gerson Cohen, Abba Eban, Hank Greenberg, Mordecai Kaplan, Golda Meir, Arthur Miller, Molly Picon, Neil Simon, Isaac Bashevis Singer, Rosalyn Yalow and much more.

 

Amos Oz Israel - Peace and War

Amos Oz, acclaimed Israeli novelist, peace activist, and professor at the Ben Gurion University of the Negev, speaks about life in Israel. Princeton University, November 10, 2003.

 

Bergen Belsen

BBC reporter Patrick Gordon Walker was among the press corps during the liberation of the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp in Northern Germany on April 15, 1945. Over the next few weeks, he documented what he saw, recording the first Sabbath ceremony openly conducted on German soil since the beginning of the war, interviewing survivors, and speaking to British Tommies about what they had witnessed at liberation.

 

Bleeding Sky, The

These podcasts were created from recordings of Louis Brandsdorfer’s mother, who recollected her experiences of the Shoah. She describes how many members of her family, from a small Polish town near the German border, died, while she and her sister survived. The quality of the recordings varies.

 

Center For Jewish History

This website offers outstanding and timely lectures and music from the Center for Jewish History in New York City. Topics include considerations of Freud, anti-Semitism, Klezmer, Baruch Spinoza, and Jews and genes, among others. The center is a joint venture of the American Jewish Historical Society, the Leo Baeck institute, YIVO Institute, Yeshiva University Museum, and the American Sephardi Federation.

 

Center for Online Judaic Studies

The Center for Online Judaic Studies (COJS), is an organization which is revolutionizing the study of Jewish history with cutting-edge internet and digital imaging technologies, including webcasting.  Their interactive encyclopedia, vast database of primary sources, multimedia presentations, and innovative educational materials serve as resources for students, teachers, adult learners, and scholars.

 

Centrality Of Jewish Values In Shaping The Jewish Future

Professor Calvin Goldscheider of Brown University presents this talk on Jewish values based on his interviews with European Jews who survived WWII. Produced by University of Washington, May 2000.

 

Centropa

Since 2000, Centropa has interviewed 1,350 elderly Jews still living in the 15 countries between the Baltic and the Aegean (from Estonia and Russia to Greece and Turkey), but we never use video nor do we focus primarily on the Holocaust. Instead, we collect and digitize family snapshots—tens of thousands of them. We spend between six to twenty hours with each respondent, asking them to paint for us a picture of the world they grew up in—as well as the world they rebuilt for their families after the war (we also dutifully record everything our respondents wish to share with us about the Shoah).

 

Constantine's Sword  The Church and the Jews

James Carroll's book, Constantine's Sword The Church and the Jews, is both a powerful and disturbing analysis of the history of Christian, especially Roman Catholic, dealings with the Jews. He argues that Christians took anti-Semitic forks in the road when they might well have written a less tragic history by following another road.

 

Countering Holocaust Denial in Arab and Muslim Societies

On October 20, 2006, Robert Satloff, Akbar Ahmed, and Gregg Rickman addressed The Washington Institute’s Special Policy Forum. Dr. Satloff is the Institute’s executive director and author of Among the Righteous Lost Stories from the Holocaust’s Long Reach into Arab Lands. Dr. Ahmed is the Ibn Khaldun chair of Islamic Studies at American University and former Pakistani high commissioner to Great Britain. Dr. Rickman is special envoy for monitoring and combating anti-Semitism with the State Department.

 

Crash Course in Jewish History

Jewish history "in 24 hours"; 32 classes of 45 minutes each, with Ken Spiro, overviewing 4,000 years of Jewish history!

 

Deborah Hertz How Jews Became Germans

UCSD Professor of Modern Jewish Studies Deborah Hertz discusses her new book, which traces the social history of German Jewish families from 1645 through the 1930s.

 

Dennis Ross - at the World Affairs Council of Northern California

Ambassador Dennis Ross' address on "The Missing Peace The Inside Story of the Fight for the Middle East Peace", delivered September 30, 2004. For more than 12 years, Ambassador Ross helped shape U.S. involvement in the Middle East peace process.  Here, he discusses the lessons he learned and the advice he has offered for bringing peace to the region.

 

Fortunoff Video Archive

A collection of over 4,200 videotaped interviews with witnesses and survivors of the Holocaust, the Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies is part of the manuscripts and archives collections at Sterling Memorial Library, Yale University.

 

From Golden Age to Expulsion History, Society, and Culture of MedievalSephardic Jewry

"120 Minutes With JTS" provides an in-depth exploration of a wide range of Jewish topics and interests. Each issue is covered in six distinct twenty minute learning modules by a noted JTS scholar and is designed to educate and inspire. This installment covers "From Golden Age to Expulsion History, Society, and Culture of Medieval Sephardic Jewry".

 

Haven to Home An American Journey (Library of Congress)

This live performance tells the stories of Emma Lazarus, an immigrant's daughter who became known as Lady Liberty's poet, and Irving Berlin, an immigrant who became one of America's best loved composers.

 

Holocaust and the Importance of Museums

Anthony Platt's Bloodlines is the story of how an original copy of the 1935 Nuremberg Laws, signed by Hitler and turned over to General George S. Patton, ended up in the Huntington Library vault and remained there – unknown to the world - for 55 years.  Platt discusses wartime looting, Patton’s bigotry, the Holocaust, eugenics, Jewish identity, and the responsibility of museums and cultural centers.

 

Introduction to the Old Testament (Hebrew Bible) with Professor Christine Hayes

This Yale College course examines the Old Testament (Hebrew Bible) as an expression of the religious life and thought of ancient Israel, and a foundational document of Western civilization. A wide range of methodologies, including source criticism and the historical-critical school, tradition criticism, redaction criticism, and literary and canonical approaches are applied to the study and interpretation of the Bible. Special emphasis is placed on the Bible against the backdrop of its historical and cultural setting in the Ancient Near East.

 

Iran Hosts Holocaust Deniers Conference - from NPR

NPR report, December 11, 2006, on the two-day conference that brings together Holocaust deniers and foes of Israel from around the world

 

Iranian Jewry From Past to Present

Webcast of lectures from the 2008 conference organized by the University of Maryland and the Library of Congress.  The Jews of Iran comprise not only one of the oldest populations of Jews in the world, but also one of the most ancient threads in the diverse fabric of the ancient Iranian community. Beginning with the Achaemenid period (550-330 B.C.) and lasting beyond the emigration of a portion of Iran's Jewish population to the United States and Israel in the late 1970s, Jews have had a complex interaction with the Persian state and culture.  The morning session focused on Jews in Medieval Persian Cultures and Resources for the Study of Iranian Jewry.    Click here for the Morning session http//www.loc.gov/today/cyberlc/feature_wdesc.php?rec=4507 .  The afternoon session focused on Jewish Material Culture and Folk Art and Jewish Culture in Twentieth Century Iran. Click here for the Afternoon session http//www.loc.gov/today/cyberlc/feature_wdesc.php?rec=4508

 

Iraqi Jewish Archives Lack Funds for Restoration

“All Things Considered,” NPR, May 9, 2005. As related in this audio piece, in 2003, U.S. forces discovered a cache of documents and sacred texts that had belonged to Iraq's once-thriving Jewish community in a flooded basement of Saddam Hussein's secret police. The records were transported to the U.S., where efforts to restore them are stalled by a shortage of funds.

 

Israel-Palestine Conflict, Davos 2007

Venue World Economic Forum - Davos, Switzerland.  The World Economic Forum “Enough Is Enough - Israel and the Palestinian Territories”.  Middle East leaders talk about a proposed Arab peace plan and efforts to achieve sustainable peace based on a two-state solution. Topics include the major obstacles to negotiating a peace settlement, building trust and momentum towards a resolution, and methods Israeli and Palestinian politicians could use to end a self-perpetuating cycle of violence.

 

Jadio

Jadio is a Jewish streaming audio site providing on-demand delivery of Jewish lectures and discussions authored by some of the world's most compelling and inspiring Jewish scholars, including Kenneth Adelman, Yehuda Bauer, Dr. Sara Bloomfield, Shmuley Boteach, Abba Eban, and Esther Jungreis

 

Jewish Book in America - Library of Congress

Jonathan Sarna, who here discusses the Jewish book in America, is the Joseph H. & Belle R. Braun Professor of American Jewish History at Brandeis University and chairs the Academic and Editorial Board of the Jacob Rader Marcus Center of the American Jewish Archives. He also is the author most recently of American Judaism A History.

 

Jewish Education for Adults from the comfort of your home

Got Torah? Comes to you from Oorah, a Jewish outreach organization based in Lakewood, New Jersey. For more than two decades, Oorah has been helping Jewish families connect to their heritage. Most of its volunteers are young rabbinical students who are eager to share and teach what they’ve learned.

 

Jewish Giant

The Jewish Giant began with photographer Jenny Carchman’s search to uncover a story that remained secret for 25 years the story of the very large man whom Diane Arbus photographed towering over an older couple. The caption read, "Jewish giant at home with his parents in the Bronx , NY, 1970,” and this man was Jenny’s cousin. The Jewish Giant is a story of suffering, of not fitting in, of the body betraying itself, and of the bizarre life-twists that can subsume a family.

 

Jewish Heritage on Beacon Hill

Ellen Smith, lecturer in Near Eastern and Judaic Studies at Brandeis University, discusses the history of Jewish immigration in Boston. Boston's first Jewish congregation established a synagogue in the South End in 1852. By 1907, Boston's Jewish population had grown to 60,000 with many families settling in the West End. The Vilna congregation began to hold services on Beacon Hill in 1903 and remained there until 1985.

 

Jewish History by Rabbi Berel Wein

Rabbi Berel Wein is a noted scholar, historian, speaker, and educator who is admired the world over for his books and cassette tapes – particularly on Jewish History.

 

Jewish Life TV

JLTV is a 24/7 Jewish television channel serving all 50 states.  JLTV features news and sports, movies, music videos, documentaries, magazine programs, shows for children and young adults, comedy and more.

 

Jewish Museum - Online Exhibitions

Online exhibitions at The Jewish Museum of New York give viewers opportunities for in-depth, interactive encounters with the collection, as well as with featured special exhibitions.

 

Jewish National & University Library -  National Sound Archives

Nineteen songs we love to hear from the early days of Israel – from the recording collection of the national sound archives.

 

JewishTVNetwork

JTN was founded in 1981 as an independent, not-for-profit, production, distribution, and broadcasting company, the only producer and distributor of Jewish television in the United States. Its programming reflects the richness and diversity of Jewish traditions and experience through children’s shows, network quality news, and documentaries, as well as arts and entertainment.

 

Jewish Thought Leaders

JEWISH THOUGHT LEADERS is a production of the Koret Taube Center for Jewish Peoplehood at the Osher Marin Jewish Community Center. This podcast features talks that we have presented at our center. Each presentation is introduced by Joanne Greene, Director of our Center for Jewish Peoplehood.

 

Judah L. Magnes Museum of Berkeley

The Magnes is a museum of art and history focused on the Jewish experience.  The Museum demonstrates a commitment to both tradition and experimentation through wide-ranging collections, original exhibitions, provocative programs, and research facilities, including the largest history center relating to the Jews in the American West.   Here are public lectures on wideranging topics, from "Is there Intelligent Art in Outer Space? to "Through the Eye of the Needle Fabric Art of Esther Nisenthal Krinitz".

 

Knesset Television

This is the TV station of the Israeli Knesset (Parliament).  It webcasts live  Knesset and committee meetings as well as other programs.  In Hebrew.

 

Lebanon, Before and After the Israel-Hizballah War

On September 16, 2006, Jamil Mroue and Misbah al-Ahdab addressed The Washington Institute’s annual Weinberg Founders Conference. Misbah al-Ahdab is a member of the Lebanese parliament, and Jamil Mroue is editor in chief of the Beirut Daily Star.

 

Michael Oren discusses "America and the Shaping of

Venue Commonwealth Club - San Francisco, CA.  From the first cannonballs fired by American warships at North African pirates to the Marines' conquest of Fallujah, the U.S. has been dramatically involved in the Middle East. A senior fellow at Jerusalem's Shalem Center, Oren explores the diverse and remarkable ways in which Americans have interacted with this alluring, yet sometimes hostile, land.

 

Michael Oren Interviewed by Harry Kreisler

Welcome to a Conversation with History, a program hosted by Harry Kreisler of the Institute of International Studies at UC Berkeley. The guest today is Michael B. Oren who is a historian and a novelist. His publications include Six Days of War June 1967 and the Making of the Modern Middle East, and a novel, Reunion. He is a senior fellow at the Shalom Center in Jerusalem.

 

Middle East Media Research Institute

The Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI) explores the Middle East through the region's media. MEMRI bridges the language gap that exists between the West and the Middle East. It provides timely translations of Arabic, Farsi, and Hebrew media, as well as original analysis of political, ideological, intellectual, social, cultural, and religious trends in the Middle East.

 

National Sound Archives Digitization Project

Jewish National and University Library, Hebrew University - Givat Ram, Jerusalem, Israel.  The library collects books, periodicals, manuscripts, documents, recordings, maps, and pictures that represent the history of the Jewish people.

 

National Yiddish Book Center

Every year, some of the world’s most interesting writers, artists, and scholars speak at the National Yiddish Book Center. The Center offers complete sound recordings of these presentations. Just click on the title you want to hear and the lecture will begin!

 

North African Jewry and the Trauma of World War II

Aron Rodrigue, professor of History, Stanford University, Eva Chernov Lokey professor in Jewish Studies.   Samuel and Althea Stroum Lectures in Jewish Studies - 2005.  This lecture addresses the neglected story of the Jews of present-day Algeria, Morocco, and Libya during the Holocaust. The complex webs of relations created by the diversity of ethnic and religious communities, the history of colonialism, and thealliances among fascist powers created a climate in which anti-Semitism wasmitigated for much of the 19th and 20th centuries in various North Africancommunities. Whole communities were destroyed by the same forces that wreaked destruction on European Jews. This story of the intersecting histories of colonialism, nationalism, and the modern machinery of the Holocaust has been largely eclipsed by the history of Ashkenazim during the war, but is one which is entirely parallel in its traumatic effect.

 

Nostra Aetate  Seeking Understanding in Our Age - Georgetown University

On October 28, 1965, the Second Vatican Council issued a statement that called for increased relations with non-Christian religions. This revolutionary document, named Nostra Ætate for the first two words in its original Latin text, translated as "In our age," marked a huge transformation not only in the history of Jewish-Christian relations, but of relations with Islam, Buddhism, Hinduism, and many others.

 

Only In America

This is a unique series of radio programs that shows the progress of American Jews from a trickle of poor immigrants to today's thriving community of six million. The programs offer interviews with Elie Wiesel, Abraham Foxman, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Michael Steinhardt, Ambassador John L. Loeb, Jr., and others.

 

Ours to Fight For American Jews in World War II

To accompany the new temporary exhibition at the Museum of Jewish Heritage in New York, this is an online exhibit for “Ours To Fight For American Jews In The Second World War”.  It features testimony, artifacts, and photographs that illustrate the unique experiences of Jews during World War II.

 

Raid on the Reactor

A revealing 45-minute video documentary from the Military Channel of the events leading to and after Israel's confidential military mission  "June 1981 - Eight fighter jets are spotted in the skies of Baghdad in one of the most potent military surprises of all time.  ...This is a story of one of the most daring and most dangerous operations ever attempted; this is the story of Israel's 'Raid on the Reactor'."

 

Rhodes Jewish Museum

This site of The Rhodes Jewish Museum provides information regarding the historical exhibition located in the rooms formerly used as the women's prayer rooms at the "Kahal Shalom" synagogue. The website also offers other interesting subjects that are unique to the history of the Jews of Rhodes.

 

Road To Peace A Conversation With Leah Rabin

Leah Rabin reflects on her life, the life of her late husband, Israel’s former Prime Minister Yitzchak Rabin, and Israel. She delivered her talk, which is captivating, important, and informative, at the Hillel Jewish Student Center, UCLA Jewish Student Union, February 22, 1999.

 

Royal Court Preacher and the Hebrew Book (Library of Congress)

In his talk at the Library of Congress, "The Royal Court Preacher and the Hebrew Book Early Enlightenment and Hebrew Publishing in Prussia, 1700-1750," Menachem Schmelzer examines the role of an influential figure in the Prussian court, Christian theologian and scholar D.E. Jablonski, who founded the Hebrew press in Berlin in 1690.

 

Sephardi Jewries and the Holocaust with Aron Rodrigue

The Holocaust devastated European Jewry and dealt a death blow to the Ashkenazi heartland of Eastern Europe and Russia. What is less commonly known is the fact that it was also disastrous for Sephardi Jewries. The Sephardi communities of Southeastern Europe, the Ladino speaking centers of the Judeo-Spanish world, with Salonica as a principal center, were destroyed or disintegrated, leading to their disappearance from an area where the exiles from the Iberian peninsula after 1492 had reconstructed a transplanted Sepharad. Elsewhere, North African Jewries saw considerable hardship and discrimination under the rule of Vichy France and fascist Italy, and faced real dangers with the German armed forces in Tunisia and Libya, leading in many cases to their profound destabilization which contributed to their eventual mass departures from these lands.  The Samuel and Althea Stroum Lectures in Jewish Studies of 2005 at the University of Washington.

 

Shimon Peres  Israel's War Against Hizballah (8/1/06)

On August 1, 2006, Shimon Peres addressed the Washington Institute’s Special Policy Forum to discuss Israel’s political and military strategy in its war against Hizballah. Peres is the deputy prime minister of Israel and a member of Knesset from the Kadima Party.

 

Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles

Hailed by The New York Times as "a lesson on how to connect the eye to heart and mind," the Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles has established itself as one of the world's most dynamic Jewish cultural institutions, and among the most prominent cultural venues in the United States.  The museum has a number of interesting podcasts to choose from, based upon public lectures at the museum.

 

Steven Spielberg Jewish Film Archive

The Steven Spielberg Jewish film archive  started to make its films accessible online in 2002; today, it contains more than 300 full films viewable over the Internet, for the purposes of study, research, or production.  Films cover topics including Jewish communities, Holocaust, pre-State, State of Israel, and Hebrew University.

 

Stuart Eizenstat - Harvard University Great Negotiator of 2003

On October 1, 2003, Former Deputy Treasury Secretary and author of Imperfect Justice Stuart Eizenstat received the annual Great Negotiator Award from the Program on Negotiation at Harvard University. His remarks about leading negotiations for Holocaust restitutions on behalf of the Clinton Administration are of particular interest.

 

The Forgotten Jews

A film about the mass exodus of Jews from the Middle East and North Africa in the 20th century. The Forgotten Refugees explores the history, culture, and forced exodus of Middle Eastern and North African Jewish communities in the second half of the 20th century. Using extensive testimony of refugees from Egypt, Yemen, Libya, Iraq, and Morocco the film recounts the stories - of joy and suffering - that nearly one million individuals have carried with them for so long. The film weaves personal stories with dramatic archival footage of rescue missions, historic images of exodus and resettlement, and analyses by contemporary scholars to tell the story of how and why the Jewish population in the Middle East and North Africa declined from one million in 1945 to several thousand today.

 

There Are No Fears (Library of Congress)

Yevgeny Yevtushenko, a poet, novelist, film maker, and professor of literature and cinema, recited his poetry in both English and Russian in a program titled “There Are No Fears.” He was born in Siberia, where his ancestors were sent into exile at the end of the 19th century. His 1961 poem "Babi Yar," a denunciation of both Nazi and Russian anti-Semitism, brought him international recognition. Yevtushenko was awarded the American Liberties Medallion of the American Jewish Committee in 1991.

 

Two Russian Jews - Moshe Leib Lilienblum And Osip Mandelstam

Professor Michael Stanislawski analyzes two of the most famous and controversial autobiographies penned by Russian Jews the late 19th-century Hebrew writer and critic M. L. Lilienblum and the great Russian poet Osip Mandelstam.

 

U.N. Holocaust Commemoration

On January 24, 2005, the UN General Assembly held an unprecedented session commemorating the liberation of the Nazi concentration camps. UN Secretary Kofi Annan, Nobel prize laureate Elie Wiesel, Israeli Foreign Minister Silvan Shalom, U.S. Deputy Defense Secretary Paul Wolfowitz, and many other dignitaries spoke. The UN Special Session was accompanied with a Virtual Exhibition about the Holocaust.

 

U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum

The U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C. offers a unique collection of materials concerning the Holocaust. It also contains important collections about crimes against humanity carried out in other times and places. Online catalogs provide partial access to some of the museum’s collections. Webcasts are available in the film and video, music, and oral history collections. The multimedia archive of events also holds important resources.

 

UN Debates Israeli Actions - Nov. 17, 2006

The United Nation’s webcast of the UN General Assembly debate November 17, 2006, entitled “Illegal Israeli actions in Occupied East Jerusalem and the rest of the Occupied Palestinian Territory.” 2 hours and 41 minutes.

 

Washington Institute for Near East Policy - Current Webcasts

The Washington Institute for Near East Policy is in the news virtually 365 days per year. Thanks to its reputation for solid, objective research, the Institute has become a highly respected and widely quoted source in the policymaking community and the media. Institute scholars are regularly called upon to offer objective analysis and timely commentary for television, radio, and print media.

 

Western Wall Heritage Foundation

The Foundation's objective is to convey  the values inherent in the heritage of the Western Wall, to preserve and develop the Western Wall and its Tunnels, and to develop educational frameworks that make Jews everywhere feel closer to Jerusalem.

 

What Went Wrong... and Why (Library of Congress)

Bernard Lewis of Princeton University and Mohammed Arkoun of the Sorbonne University discuss relations between the Middle East and the Western nations. May 7, 2002.

 

Yad Vashem The Holocaust Martyrs'and Heroes' Remembrance Authority

Yad Vashem, Jerusalem, is the Jewish people’s memorial to the murdered Six Million and symbolizes the ongoing confrontation with the rupture engendered by the Holocaust. Containing the world’s largest repository of information on the Holocaust, Yad Vashem is a leader in Shoah education, commemoration, research and documentation.

 

YIVO Institute for Jewish Research

The YIVO archives holds over 22 million documents, photographs, recordings, posters, films, videotapes, and other artifacts. They comprise the world's largest collection of materials related to the history and culture of East European and American Jewry. YIVO has the foremost collection of books and documents written in Yiddish.