Category Archives: History

Free Lecture May 7 New City Library

New City Library Presents Irene Shaland’s Lecture Stones Fill the Void: Visiting the Murdered Jews of Vienna Sunday   May 7th  2:00 PM.  Advance registrations required. Call 845.634.4997 to register. We will journey through 2,000 years of Jewish history in Austria and Vienna, … Continue reading

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Lecture: Jewish Renaissance in Sicily and Sardinia

The infamous 1492 Edict of Expulsion of the Jews forced close to 500,000 people into exile from Sicily. Many had to leave their home country where they lived for centuries, but still many, with nowhere to go, were pressured into … Continue reading

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New Ad for The Dao of Being Jewish Book

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The “Jewish Question” in Vienna (excerpt from The Dao of Being Jewish and Other Stories)

Don’t look for the Steinedererinnerung in your guidebook: the murdered Jews of Austria have neither a Rick Steves nor a Frommer. And Vienna, basking in its Baroque and Art Nouveau splendor, would rather have you waltzing from Schonbrunn palace to … Continue reading

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Irene Shaland’s Book Available at Barnes and Noble

Irene Shaland’s latest book “The Dao of Being Jewish and Other Stories” is now available at Barnes & Noble. Go to Barnes & Noble online Store. In “The Dao of Being Jewish and Other Stories” Irene Shaland presents a collective Jewish … Continue reading

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The Dao of Being Jewish and Other Stories Released

New book of stories from Irene Shaland is now available in paperback. In The Dao of Being Jewish and Other Stories Irene Shaland presents a collective Jewish narrative from various parts of the globe. She takes the reader on a … Continue reading

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Not to be Missed Exhibition “Violins of Hope” at Maltz Museum

The Maltz Museum has done it again: another great show that makes one feel sorry for people who do not live in Cleveland! Leading an unprecedented consortium of such distinguished institutions like Cleveland Orchestra, Cleveland Institute of Music, Case Western … Continue reading

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Irene Shaland’s Lecture Draws a Large Audience at the New City Library, NY

Over 60 people attended Irene Shaland’s lecture “Scandinavia through the Eyes of a Jewish Traveler” at the New City Public Library, New City, NY on June 21. Some already knew Irene from her October, 2014 lecture on China. Many met … Continue reading

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Judaica Research and Education Center in St. Petersburg, Russia

I recently attended an Educators meeting at the Jewish Federation building in Beachwood.  The meeting centered on a fascinating exhibit of old photographs from shtetls or Jewish Villages before World War I.   Titled “The Way We Looked,” the Beachwood exhibit … Continue reading

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Villa Romana Sicily – Must See for Italy History Buffs

Villa Romana del Casale located in Piazza Armerina in Sicilian heartland is not-to-be missed site for all history and art enthusiasts. Covered by layers of mud for 700 years, rediscovered in 1950, and reopened in 2003 after over forty years … Continue reading

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