• Holocaust,  Jewish History

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

    consultez ce site 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, Sweden, China, India – November 11  at 7:00 PM Part III: The 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)…

  • Books,  Jewish History,  Travel Tips

    Jewish Diaspora Book Review

    rencontre sans lendemain trans 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…

  • Asia,  China,  Europe,  General,  History,  Holocaust,  Italy,  Jewish History

    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 fascinating journey, both familiar and unknown, from Europe to Asia and Africa, from Vienna to Delhi and Nairobi. The fate of the brilliant Jewish community of Vienna annihilated during the Holocaust shines a disturbing light on the stories of the current rise of Antisemitism in Scandinavia and throughout Europe. Two-millennium old tales of little-known Jewish communities of India and China, who never knew religious persecution, reveal happy chapters in the…

  • Europe,  History,  Jewish History

    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 marks the first time these photographs have been shown in North America.  The collection was loaned to Cleveland by the Center for Judaica Studies from St. Petersburg, Russia.  The co-curators of this exhibit, two scholars from the Center, Drs. Alexander Ivanov and Valery Dymshitz, presented an exciting lecture/slide show based on their in-depth research. The photographs, taken between 1912 and 1914, captured people and their everyday life in the Pale…