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Schedule of 2020 Jewish History Lectures by Irene Shaland

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 … Continue reading

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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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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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Denmark revisited: Hatred and violence in the ‘Righteous among the Nations

Irene Shaland’s latest article “Denmark revisited: Hatred and violence in the ‘Righteous among the Nations” was published in Los Angeles Jewish Journal on February 18. Please follow the link to read it: http://bit.ly/17fPUTp         Read Irene’s Jewish stories from … 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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Following the Steps of Tennessee Williams in Sicily: Taormina’s Casa Cuseni

I came across the name “Casa Cuseni” while reading about Tennessee Williams and his beloved partner, painter/poet Henry Faulkner, spending many happy months in Taormina while staying in Casa Cuseni. I knew then, without a doubt, that when we are … Continue reading

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How to discover China off the beaten track – what does it take to preserve Jewish identity if you are a Chinese Jew?

October 2012, Again – Kaifeng, China. We are at the oldest Jewish burial place in China – with Mr. Jin in front of his life-long project, his family memorial. Our new friend dedicated his life savings and his entire life … Continue reading

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History of Confucian Synagogue in Kaifeng, China

We visited this synagogue in Kaifeng in October 2012. On the photo you can see how  Irene hurriedly writes, Esther, a Founder and Director of the Kaifeng Jewish History Memorial Center, tells the story of her forebears. On the wall, … Continue reading

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How to discover China off the beaten track –meeting Biblical Esther-namesake in Kaifeng

In October 2012, we went to Henan province, one of the poorest in China and definitely off the tourist tack. We wanted to get to Kaifeng to meet Esther, “A Kaifeng Jew” as she proudly calls herself. On this photo, … Continue reading

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