Category Archives: History

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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Palermo Italy

Our exploration of Sicily began in Palermo, the main city of the island. Irene’s heroic efforts to prepare me for the trip paid off: I read Lonely Planet’s Sicily cover to cover, but Palermo came to life only when our … Continue reading

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Sharing first impressions from Scandinavia

We returned only a week ago from our trip to Scandinavia and have not yet started on either an article or picture gallery, but here is what we wanted to share: It was cold and often rainy (we are in … Continue reading

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