In this discussion, the Chicago Chinese community shares its history and rich connection with Mah Jongg, the game they warmly refer to as “M. J.” We also talk about differences in methods of play, and the game’s important role in both the Jewish and the Chinese American communities.
Elana Drell Szyfer is an expert marketer with a successful history of launching and repositioning prestigious brands. Among her varied roles, she promotes AHAVA products on the Home Shopping Network, oversees the Dead Sea Essentials line sold exclusively at Target, speaks publicly about counteracting anti-Israel propaganda, and serves as a mentor for the Fashion Institute of Technology’s Graduate Program.
At the turn of the twentieth century, American Jewish women were consistently and publicly engaged in all the major issues of their day, including suffrage, birth control, and peace. The activism of American Jewish women was grounded in their gender, religious, cultural, and ethnic identities.
The Jewish-American author Alvin Gilens presents his new book “Reconciling Lives”. This book features the stories of young German volunteers sent by Action Reconciliation Service for Peace (ARSP) to the US, Great Britain, Czech Republic and Israel, and the relationships they built with Holocaust survivors during a year of service.
Tobias Brinkmann speaks about Chicago’s Jewish community from the founding of the United Hebrew Relief Association in 1859 to the creation of Jewish Charities of Chicago in 1923, a time when organizations that served “German” (Central European) Jews merged with those that served “Russian” (Eastern European) Jews.
In the 17th century, Jews in Florence’s tiny ghetto struggled to earn a living by any means possible, including loan-sharking, rag-picking, and second-hand dealing. They were often viewed as an uncanny people with rare supernatural powers. Historian Edward Goldberg shares how businessman and aspiring scholar Benedetto Blanis used this mystical misperception to his advantage, seeking a grand position at the Medici Court and winning the admiration of Don Giovanni de’ Medici.