Global Response to the Holocaust Part II – From Europe to Asia: Norway, Sweden, China, India

Stockholm synagogue

 

why not try here On November 11 at 7:00 PM EST, Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage hosts a free Zoom lecture Global Response to the Holocaust Part II: From Europe to Asia:
Related Site Norway, Sweden, China, India.

Register by phone or follow the links, see below. These lectures are FREE but a Registration for each event is required.

check Presented by Irene Shaland

Full Report Part II – From Europe to Asia: Norway, Sweden, China, India –
November 11  at 7:00 PM EST

Lectures are free, but a separate registration is required for each event. Zoom link(s) will be sent after the registration on the Museum’s site or by phone:

Call 216.593.0575 for info or to register.

Or register on Maltz Museum website:

For PART II register here: http://www.maltzmuseum.org/event/global-response-to-the-holocaust-with-irene-shaland-from-europe-to-asia-norway-sweden-china-india/

About the lecture and the presenter, Irene Shaland

“…memory is the keyword, which combines past and present, past and future…” Elie Wiesel

Irene Shaland, the author of “The Dao of Being Jewish and Other Stories” invites you to embark on a journey through the painful past and often controversial present of twelve countries on three continents to understand how and why various nations around the world respond to the Holocaust remembrance.

Learn more about Irene’s latest book The Dao of Being Jewish and Other Stories.

Read more about Irene Shaland.

See other lectures presented by Irene Shaland.

Send Irene an email.

Global Response to the Holocaust Lecture Part 1: Austria, Germany, Hungary, Soviet Union

Global Response to the Holocaust Lecture, a free Zoom event.

Free Virtual Lecture Series Hosted by the Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage

October 14, November 11, December 9

 Register by phone or follow the links, see below. These lectures are FREE but Registration for each event is required.

 Presented by Irene Shaland

Part I – The Ring of Fire: Austria, Germany, Hungary, Soviet Union – October 14  at 7:00 PM

Part II – From Europe to Asia: Norway, SwedenChina, India – November 11  at 7:00 PM

Part IIIThe Islands and the Boot: Cuba, Calabria/Italy, Malta, Corsica – December 9  at 7:00 PM

 Lectures are free, but a separate registration is required for each event. Zoom link(s) will be sent after the registration on the Museum’s site or by phone:

Call 216.593.0575 for info or to register.  Or register on Maltz Museum website:

For PART 1 of 3 Register here: http://www.maltzmuseum.org/event/global-response-to-the-holocaust-with-irene-shaland-the-ring-of-fire-austria-germany-hungary-soviet-union/

For PART 2 of 3 register here: http://www.maltzmuseum.org/event/global-response-to-the-holocaust-with-irene-shaland-from-europe-to-asia-norway-sweden-china-india/

For PART 3 of 3 register here:  http://www.maltzmuseum.org/event/global-response-to-the-holocaust-with-irene-shaland-the-islands-and-the-boot-cuba-calabria-italy-malta-corsica/ 

About the lecture and the presenter, Irene Shaland

“…memory is the keyword, which combines past and present, past and future…” Elie Wiesel

Irene Shaland, the author of “The Dao of Being Jewish and Other Stories” invites you to embark on a journey through the painful past and often controversial present of twelve countries on three continents to understand how and why various nations around the world respond to the Holocaust remembrance. 

Find out more about Irene Shaland: link to Irene Shaland’s Page.

Check out Irene’s Lecture Schedule: link to lecture schedule.

Learn more about Irene’s latest book: https://amzn.to/390iiug

Free Zoom Lecture Travels in Jewish History Part I: Asia

*** New City Library, New York Presents Irene Shaland’s Free Virtual Zoom Lectures: Travels in Jewish History  ***

Part I:   Asia — Wednesday, Sept. 30 at 7:00 PM

Reservations Required:  Call 845-634-4997, ext. 139 OR Register on line at

https://newcity.librarycalendar.com/events/travels-jewish-history-part-1-burma-cambodia-china-india

Join Irene Shaland, the author of “The Dao of Being Jewish and Other Stories,” for a fascinating two-part talk about her travels through Jewish history in six countries on two continents.

In Part I:

 

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“If a trip to Africa is in your plans, this entertaining and informative book, jam-packed with photos of animals and birds, will help you make the first step on the way to your dream. If you are interested in wildlife, nature, and animal protection, the story will enrich your knowledge of the animal kingdom. At the very least, it is just fun to read.”—GTA Books.

Four friends, all big-city dwellers, embark on their first African safari. An internationally published travel writer and her husband, an award-winning travel photographer, are joined by their life-long friends on a journey to South Africa and Zimbabwe. Previously, their exploration of over 60 countries took them to big cities and historical monuments around the globe. But this trip is different.

Traveling around Kruger National Park and Victoria Falls, they crisscross the bush and meet African wildlife in its natural habitat. Which predators, grass eaters, branch nibblers, and birds of prey did they find? What did the animals do in the presence of people? How did it feel to be only a few feet away from a pride of lions devouring their kill, a herd of suspicious elephants, an intimidating Cape buffalo, or an unpredictable rhinoceros?

In an easy to read, conversational style, the author, Alex Shaland, delivers a fair mix of wildlife photography, animal and bird factual data, and practical information. Shaland shares his experiences as a first-time safari explorer and sprinkles the narrative with a good dose of humor and personal stories.

If a trip to Africa is in your plans, this entertaining and informative book, jam-packed with photos of animals and birds, will help you make the first step on the way to your dream. If you are interested in wildlife, nature, and animal protection, the story will enrich your knowledge of the animal kingdom. At the very least, it is just fun to read.

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Schedule of 2020 Jewish History Lectures by Irene Shaland

Rabbi Barbara Aiello

Upcoming Jewish History Lectures Presented by Irene Shaland:
September, October, December 2020

“…memory is the keyword, which combines past and present, past and future…” Elie Wiesel

An internationally-published writer and educator Irene Shaland invites you to embark on a journey through the painful past and often controversial present of twelve countries on three continents to understand how and why various nations around the world respond to the Holocaust remembrance.

Date Time Location Lecture Subject
Sept. 30, 2020 7:00 PM Zoom virtual event Irene Shaland presents Part I of her lecture “Travels in Jewish History” sponsored by the New City Library, New City, NY.  The lecture is free, but registration is required. To register call 845-634-4997, ext. 139.
Oct. 7, 2020 7:00PM Zoom virtual event Irene Shaland presents Part II of her lecture “Travels in Jewish History” sponsored by the New City Library, New City, NY.  The lecture is free, but registration is required. To register call 845-634-4997, ext. 139.
Oct. 14, 2020 7:00PM Zoom virtual event Irene Shaland’s virtual ZOOM lecture: “Global Response to the Holocaust, Part I: The Ring of Fire: Austria, Germany, Hungary, Soviet Union.” Hosted by the Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage. Separate Registration for Each Part is Required: Follow link to registration: https://bit.ly/2R1Pida
Oct. 15, 2020 4:30 PM Holocaust Resource Center of Kean University, NJ Irene Shaland presents her lecture “Journey of Conscience: Countries Around the World Respond to the Holocaust” at the Holocaust Resource Center of Kean University, 1000 Morris Ave. Union, NJ 07083. To register call 908-737-4633.
Nov. 11, 2020 7:00PM Zoom virtual event Irene Shaland’s virtual ZOOM lecture: “Global Response to the Holocaust, Part II: From Europe to Asia: Norway, Sweden, China, India.” Hosted by the Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage. Separate Registration for Each Part is Required: Follow link to registration: https://bit.ly/3jSQRXy
Dec. 9, 2020 7:00PM Zoom virtual event Irene Shaland’s virtual ZOOM lecture: “Global Response to the Holocaust, Part III: The Islands and The Boot: Cuba, Calabria/Italy, Malta, Corsica.” Hosted by the Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage. Separate Registration for Each Part is Required: Follow link to registration: https://bit.ly/2Za26mc

 

More about Irene Shaland:

Irene Shaland is an internationally-published art and travel writer, educator, and lecturer focusing on the rich tapestry of global Jewish experiences, culture, and heritage. A member of the Society for Crypto-Judaic Studies, she is a presenter at the Society’s annual conferences and contributor to its HaLapid academic journal.  Irene is a contributing author and lecturer at Siegal College of Jewish Studies, Touro Law School of New York, the Center for Jewish History Research, the American Sephardic Federation in New York, and the Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage.

Irene authored three books, including recently published “The Dao of Being Jewish and Other Stories” and numerous magazine articles on Jewish history and cultural travel published in such American, Canadian, and U.K magazines as The Baltimore Jewish Times, The Boston Forward, Chicago Jewish News, The Jewish Journal of Greater Boston, Cleveland Jewish News, The Cleveland Plain Dealer, Detroit Jews News, Hackwriters Literary Online UK magazine, Holiday Magazine – France/UK, IMAGE Magazine, The Jewish Journal of San Antonio, Jewish Life Magazine, Jewish Montreal, L’Chaim Magazine of the Intermountain Jewish News, London Jewish Telegraph, Los Angeles Jewish Times, The Lotus, Montreal Jewish Magazine, Northern Ohio Life, Orange County Jewish Life, Jewish Chronicle – Pittsburgh, ROMAR Travel, San Diego Jewish Journal, Shelanu – Kenya, Sino-Judaica Institute Academic Magazine, Theater Journal, Tikkun Magazine, The Toronto Jewish Tribune, Washington Jewish Week, ZEEK Magazine, and 5 Towns Jewish Times.

 

Travels in Jewish History: Free Zoom Lecture

Stela with Chinese and English letters
The oldest Jewish Cemetery in China.

Travel through Jewish history in Asia and Mediterranean with an internationally-published art and travel writer and lecturer Irene Shaland. Join her for a fascinating two-part talk about her search for little-known fascinating stories about Jewish people in six countries on two continents.

In Part I: Journey through Asia exploring little-known events in the history of Chinese Jews, and Jews in India, Myanmar (Burma), and Cambodia.

In Part II: Travel to the beautiful Mediterranean islands of Malta and Corsica whose Jewish history manifests a fascinating trajectory still under-the-radar for most travelers and historians. Seeking Jewish narrative all over the world, Irene and her husband-photographer Alex have visited over 70 countries and shared their experiences with audiences and readers in the US, Canada, Israel, and Europe.

Dates and Times:

Wednesday, September 30, 2020, at 7:00 PM

Wednesday, October 7, 2020, at 7:00 PM

Both events are free, but registration is required. Call 845-634-4997, ext. 139 Or follow the links below to reserve your spot.

Click this link to register for Part I

Click this link to register for Part II

 

Taj Mahal with its reflection in the pool
Taj Mahal
Angkor Wat, Cambodia
Angkor Wat

 

Great Harbor of Malta
Great Harbor of Malta

Jewish Diaspora Book Review

We came across a recent review of Irene Shaland’s book “The Dao of Being Jewish and Other Stories: Tales of Jewish Diaspora, Persecution, the Holocaust and Rebirth in Europe, Africa and Asia” and want to share it with our readers.

Reviewed by  Beverly Friend, Ph. D., Professor of English at Oakton Community College, Executive Director of the China Judaic Studies Association.

“When this book came out, I emailed a brief blurb to the China/Judaic Studies list, noting the cities and countries covered.  However, Chapter 4, on Kaifeng, is  of special interest.  Reading Shaland’s words brought back many memories of the time I was there in 1993 leading a group of senior citizens with Professor Xu Xin and meeting the late scholar Wang Yisha, who had written the first important history about these descendants (in Chinese).

I also fondly recalled  the tale Rabbi Neil Brief had told of his even earlier visit  when he saw the tour bus driver with tears in his eyes as the Rabbi recited Kaddish at a family memorial mound.  When the Rabbi had been asked, via an interpreter, why the man was crying, he was told that it was because the Jews, like the Chinese, venerated their ancestors.

I, too, could have wept while reading the writer’s words because what she captured was the past – and now, in the present, we are not even permitted to visit. We can no longer walk in her footsteps. Of course, this is not because of the virulent virus in our midst but of an equally virulent denial of history. This chapter is a fine introduction to what existed. If you have never visited Kaifeng or learned its unique history, here is an introduction.  For those who wished to visit in the future, here is sad reminder of what we have lost with the closing of these doors to tourists and scholars.

In words and photographs, Shaland gives a  history of the city, from earliest settlers, information on the famous steles,  the importance of the silk road, a visit to a family memorial mound, the granting of names, and the stories of people met and interviewed—all quite interesting.

What I like most about her entire book detailing her travels with her photographer  husband Alex, is the variety of each leg of her trip. As she travels through Europe and Asia each story has a different emphasis – it might be history, or architecture, or unique inhabitants —  as she visits cities in  Austria, the Czech Republic, China, Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Sicily, Africa and the Soviet Union. For example, in the very first chapter, on Austria, I was captured by the extensive, fascinating information on Franz Kafka.”

Please take a look at Irene Shaland’s book on Amazon where you can browse it for free:

Jewish Renaissance in the Mediterranean

The Return of the Jews: Jewish Renaissance in the Mediterranean
Irene Shaland’s Virtual Presentation

Tuesday, June 30th, 2020  7:00 PM via Zoom

Registrations for this Zoom based lecture is required. Click here to register 

OR — Call 845.634.4997 to register.

In her Jewish Renaissance in the Mediterranean lecture Irene Shaland invites you to travel to the south of Italy that presents an unusually optimistic chapter in the history of the Jewish Diaspora. Visiting with Irene the islands of Sicily and Sardinia and the tip of the Italian “boot,” Calabria, you will discover a world of little-known Jewish history: centuries marked by fear and secrets, decades filled with the search for one’s identity, and courage to defy conventions by reinventing oneself.

These are the stories of B’nei Anousim, or “children of the forced ones” from the south of Italy. The elimination of institutional Judaism by the infamous 1492 Edict of Expulsion and the Inquisition did not mean the end of Judaism itself. The destruction of synagogues and the burning of “Judaizers” five centuries ago forced the Jews of Sicily and Sardinia to take their traditions down to the cellars of their homes where the memories and stories were kept alive, even when descendants forgot their exact meaning.

And now, the number of those with a “call of blood,” who think they have Jewish ancestry and want to learn more about it, or even embrace their newly-discovered heritage, is on the rise throughout the south of Italy. Let the story of the Anousim lead you into the world of hope – the cultural and spiritual reawakening – The Return of The Jews.

In visiting Calabria with Irene, you will also discover how the Jews from the south of Italy coped with- and persevered through- Coronavirus Pandemic.

Rav di Mauro, leader of Jewish Renaissance in Siracusa, Sicily.
Rav di Mauro of Siracusa, the first Rabbi in Sicily after 500 years of expulsion. Photo by Alex Shaland.

 

Palermo Cathedral
Palermo Cathedral embraced the best of all architectural styles of medieval Sicily: Romanesque, Arab, Norman, and Byzantine. Photo by Alex Shaland.

 

Nora Stone of Sardinia
Nora Stone of Sardinia, 11th cent. BCE. The first Semitic alphabet invented by Phoenicians. Photo by Alex Shaland.

 

Rabbi Barbara Aiello a key figure in the Jewish Renaissance of South Italy
Rabbi Barbara Aiello, the leader of the Anousim movement and the first female Rabbi in Italy, demonstrates blowing a shofar in the synagogue of Calabria, the first synagogue in the south of Italy since the expulsion. Photo by Alex Shaland

Learn more about the presenter Irene Shaland

Take a look at Irene Shaland’s latest book “The Dao of Being Jewish and Other Stories

Help The Dao of Being Jewish Reach New Readers

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Here is what “The Dao of Being Jewish and Other Stories” is about:

“Shaland takes you by the hand and delivers a Jewish heart.”— C.J. Brown, Editor, HaLapid Magazine

“These are investigations of Jewish communities…in some of the world’s most exotic, romantic or just plain unlikely locations.”— L. Hankin, Editor, Intermountain Jewish News

“This book is full of Jewish survival stories and fascinating tales. Though not a conventional travel guide, the book will help the reader learn about the history of Jewish communities in ten countries of Europe, Asia, and Africa and show hard to find places they might want to visit.”—GTA Books

Two and a half millennia ago, a small party of Jews explored new trading routes for King Solomon, settled in the south of India, and lived there peacefully until today. Similarly, during the ancient Roman period, many Jewish merchants traveled to China over the Silk Route and some made it their permanent home.  Also, before the Edict of Expulsion in 1492, Sicily was home to over 50 Jewish communities, possibly numbering 50,000 people.

So, how did the Diaspora bring these wandering Jews to so many places around the globe? And why did Jews live happily in India and China for centuries and not experience antisemitism, while the story of the Jews in Europe went from persecutions and massacres to unspeakable horrors of the Holocaust? Finally, why do we see the rise of antisemitism and violence again in the 21st century?

You will find answers to these questions and much more in the current edition of Irene Shaland’s artfully illustrated book The Dao of Being Jewish and Other Stories. She collected these fascinating stories while visiting ten countries in Europe, Asia, and Africa and interviewing the locals in their homes, synagogues, and even cemeteries. Now, Irene Shaland’s book, replete with her husband’s photos, takes you on your own exciting journey of discovery from Austria and the Czech Republic to Scandinavia, from India and China to Sicily and Sardinia, and from East Africa to Stalinist Russia.

About the Author:

Irene Shaland is an internationally-published art and travel writer, educator, and lecturer focusing on the rich tapestry of global Jewish experiences, culture, and heritage. A member of the Society for Crypto-Judaic Studies, she is a presenter at the Society’s annual conferences and contributor to its HaLapid academic journal.  Irene is a contributing author and lecturer at Siegal College of Jewish Studies, Touro Law School of New York, the Center for Jewish History Research, the American Sephardic Federation in New York, and the Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage.

Irene authored three books, including recently published “The Dao of Being Jewish and Other Stories” and numerous magazine articles on Jewish history and cultural travel published in such American, Canadian, and U.K magazines as The Baltimore Jewish Times, The Boston Forward, Chicago Jewish News, The Jewish Journal of Greater Boston, Cleveland Jewish News, The Cleveland Plain Dealer, Detroit Jews News, Hackwriters Literary Online UK magazine, Holiday Magazine – France/UK, IMAGE Magazine, The Jewish Journal of San Antonio, Jewish Life Magazine, Jewish Montreal, L’Chaim Magazine of the Intermountain Jewish News, London Jewish Telegraph, Los Angeles Jewish Times, The Lotus, Montreal Jewish Magazine, Northern Ohio Life, Orange County Jewish Life, Jewish Chronicle – Pittsburgh, ROMAR Travel, San Diego Jewish Journal, Shelanu – Kenya, Sino-Judaica Institute Academic Magazine, Theater Journal, Tikkun Magazine, The Toronto Jewish Tribune, Washington Jewish Week, ZEEK Magazine, and 5 Towns Jewish Times.

Irene holds a BA in Journalism and Art History from St. Petersburg University (Russia), a Master’s Degree in English from Case Western Reserve University, and a Master’s Degree in Information Sciences from Kent State University.

Take a look at Other Books by Irene Shaland

Free Lecture: Jews of the Jungles (and cities) in Brazil

Sugar Loaf Mountain, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Rio de Janeiro: The Sugar Loaf Mountain and the Botofogo Bay
Save the Date: Free Lecture: Jews of the Jungles (and cities) in Brazil
Presenter: Irene Shaland
Orange Library Branch, Cuyahoga County Public Library
Thursday March 19th, 2020 at 7:00 PM

Join Irene Shaland, an internationally-published travel writer and author of several books for a captivating journey through 500 years of Jewish history in Brazil. Encounter little-known stories of Brazil discovery in the 15thcentury’s context of a twisted world of politics, deceptions, and intrigues. Learn about the key role the  Crypto-Jews played in this country’s exploration and development. Find out why Anna Novinsky, a renowned expert in Jewish history residing in Sao Paolo, claimed that “Brazil was built by the Jews!”

Journey from the 15thto the 21stcentury of Brazilian history and visit Salvador Bahia, Manaus, the Amazon, Brasilia, Rio de Janeiro, and the Iguassu Falls to uncover fascinating Jewish narratives of this unique country and to meet the Brazilian Jews who dwell in its cities and in the jungle.
Reservations Required: Call 216.831.4282 to register.

Orange Library Branch, Cuyahoga County Public Library: 31975 Chagrin Blvd, Pepper Pike, OH 44124

Interior of Grand Temple, Rio de Janeiro
Grand Templo Israelita in Rio: the Interior.
Opera House in Manaus, Brazil

The Opera Theater in the Heart of the Amazonian Jungle, Manaus.
Brazilian nature guide Wayne Mann-Roth
Our wonderful Amazon River cruise guide Wayne Mann-Roth, an Ashkenazi Jew