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Today on Google: Dorothy Height, African-American and Women's rights activist

Height started working as a caseworker with the New York City Welfare Department and, at the age of twenty-five, she began a career as a civil rights activist when she joined the National Council of Negro Women. She fought for equal rights for both African Americans and women, and in 1944 she joined the national staff of the YMCA. She also served as National President of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority from 1946 to 1957. She remained active with Delta Sigma Theta Sorority throughout her life. While there she developed leadership training programs and interracial and ecumenical education programs.

Height was named president of the National Council of Negro Women, a position she held until 1997. During the height of the civil rights movement of the 1960s, Height organized "Wednesdays in Mississippi", which brought together black and white women from the North and South to create a dialogue of understanding.

American leaders regularly took her counsel, including First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt, and Height also encouraged President Dwight D. Eisenhower to desegregate schools and President Lyndon B. Johnson to appoint African-American women to positions in government. In the mid-1960s, Height wrote a column entitled "A Woman's Word" for the weekly African-American newspaper, the New York Amsterdam News and her first column appeared in the March 20, 1965, issue on page 8.

Height served on a number of committees, including as a consultant on African affairs to the Secretary of State, the President's Committee on the Employment of the Handicapped, and the President's Committee on the Status of Women. In 1974, Height was named to the National Commission for the Protection of Human Subjects of Biomedical and Behavioral Research, which published The Belmont Report, a response to the infamous "Tuskegee Syphilis Study" and an international ethical touchstone for researchers to this day.


A remarkable woman! I had no idea how influential she was.

Posted by Behind the Aegis | Mon Mar 24, 2014, 02:18 AM (6 replies)

Boston – Town Rallies Against Anti-Semitism At Bedford High School

Boston, MA – More than 300 Religious leaders, town and state officials, and residents gathered in Bedford Thursday to denounce recent acts of anti-Semitism in the schools and pledge their support to help make Bedford a safe and welcoming community for all cultures and races, The Boston Globe reports.

Over the last few weeks, incidents have taken place in both elementary and high schools alike in the area, including a game called “Jail the Jews,” as well as instances where anti-Semitic graffiti was spray-painted onto school walls. The graffiti includes swastikas and other such anti-Semitic materials, according to the Globe.

In other incidents, a child told her parents that a classmate said they were going to destroy her country because she is Jewish, and a Jewish child was told by a peer that she could not have a cracker because Jews didn’t believe in Jesus. Also, while discussing Christmas and Hanukkah, students said that Jews were responsible for killing Jesus.

more: http://jpupdates.com/2014/03/21/boston-town-rallies-anti-semitism-bedford-high-school/

Some things never go out of vogue, including mocking anti-Semitism in this country and others.
Posted by Behind the Aegis | Sat Mar 22, 2014, 04:35 AM (1 replies)

'The Story of the Jews': From the beginning (This series begins Tuesday, March 25th!)

The five-part series ‘‘The Story of the Jews With Simon Schama” premieres on PBS in five one-hour installments on consecutive Tuesdays, beginning at 7 p.m. Tuesday on OETA-13.

The five-part series “The Story of the Jews With Simon Schama,” a brilliant take on history, premieres at 7 p.m. Tuesday on PBS.

An intricate look at a people who endure, it will continue in one-hour installments on consecutive Tuesdays on OETA-13.

Schama, who has racked up awards for his books and documentaries on history, art and literature, talks about how he initially shied away from tackling the subject.

“I had a slight sense, a residual sense, that I was at my best when dealing with cultures not my own,” Schama says.

He let the concept percolate for a while, and the result is the series and a companion book.

more: http://newsok.com/the-story-of-the-jews-from-the-beginning/article/3945661

Check your local listings and set your DVRs!

ETA: related information:

Posted by Behind the Aegis | Sat Mar 22, 2014, 04:07 AM (5 replies)

70 years after Nazi occupation, anti-Semitism still a problem in Hungary

BUDAPEST, hungary • Seventy years ago this week, shortly after the German army invaded Hungary, thousands of Jews were prodded by bayonets and swords into the freezing waters of the River Danube.

But first, they were ordered to remove their shoes so that others could walk around in them.


Unidentified vandals desecrated a Jewish cemetery this month in Tatabanya in northwest Hungary, daubing slogans such as “Stinking Jews” and “There was no Holocaust but there will be” on gravestones.


Hungary’s far-right Jobbik Party last week held a pre-election rally in a former synagogue at Esztergom, 60 miles north of Budapest. Jewish demonstrators stood outside waving Star of David flags, calling Jobbik members “Nazis.”

entire article
Posted by Behind the Aegis | Sat Mar 22, 2014, 03:45 AM (6 replies)

Kids in 2 Boston schools play new game: Round up the Jews!

Police investigate anti-Semitic graffiti found at 2 Bedford schools

BEDFORD, Mass. (MyFoxBoston.com) – Police are investigating anti-Semitic graffiti found at two schools in Bedford.

Graffiti of swastikas was found in the bathroom stalls at Bedford High School months ago, and more recently, a hateful phrase was found at an elementary school on gym equipment.

Police were immediately alerted and began an investigation, but they were not able to find who was responsible for the graffiti.

But in just the past two weeks, more concerns were raised when a parent told the superintendent that kids at her child's elementary school were making anti-Semitic comments to Jewish students and playing games where Jewish students were "jailed" by Christians.

"That really was disturbing because even though the kids might not understand what they're saying it means that somewhere they're picking up or misinterpreting, but in some cases hearing some really negative perspectives," Superintendent Jon Sills said.

Read more: http://www.myfoxboston.com/story/24970018/police-investigate-anti-semitic-graffiti-found-at-2-bedford-schools#ixzz2vurdMKSb

Superintendent Sills is correct. They are picking this up somewhere, even if they don't understand the ramifications.
Posted by Behind the Aegis | Fri Mar 14, 2014, 02:33 AM (13 replies)

Greek god/dess gifs

And my favorite!!!!!

Posted by Behind the Aegis | Tue Mar 11, 2014, 04:59 AM (3 replies)

Who Counts as a Holocaust Survivor?

As a writer for a Yiddish newspaper and as a Yiddish translator, I spend a lot of time working with Holocaust survivors and their writings. I’ve spent upwards of 1000 hours conducting oral history interviews with Holocaust survivors and translating Holocaust testimony. Recording, preserving and sharing these stories is a large part of my day-to-day life. So although I’d hardly consider myself an expert on the topic, the Holocaust plays a much greater role in my life than it does for the average 20-something American Jew.

That’s why I was taken aback last week when I realized that I couldn’t answer a colleague’s seemingly simple question: “Who ‘counts’ as a Holocaust survivor?” The question arose after the inimitable Alice Herz-Sommer died at 110 years old on February 23. Herz-Sommer, a gifted pianist who knew Kafka in her youth, survived the Theresiendstadt concentration camp in her early 40s along with her son Raphael. Herz-Sommer’s life, musical career and indomitable spirit are recalled in the Oscar-winning film “The Lady in Number 6.”

Although Herz-Sommer was widely described as the world’s oldest Holocaust survivor at the time of her death, I believe there is an older survivor living in New York City. Dr. Alexander Imich, with whom I conducted an oral history interview in July, was born in Czestochowa, Poland on February 4, 1903. That makes him 111.

A scholar of the paranormal who is fairly estranged from his Jewish roots, Imich could still recall a few lines of a prayer in Ashkenazi Hebrew, which he had learned in a traditional Cheder. “Boruch Ato Adoneai Aloheinu Meylech Haoylum Ha…” he chanted. About forgetting the next word in the prayer, he later quipped, “Well, it was more than a century ago.”

Read more: http://blogs.forward.com/forward-thinking/193810/who-counts-as-a-holocaust-survivor#ixzz2vAVKUpei

This was very interesting!!!
Posted by Behind the Aegis | Thu Mar 6, 2014, 03:13 AM (2 replies)

(Jewish Group) What the Crisis in Ukraine Means for Its 70,000 Jews

It may not be the most prominent question regarding Crimea’s counter-coup against the new Ukrainian government in Kiev and Russia’s limited invasion of the peninsula, but given the country’s history it is an unavoidable one: Is it good or bad for the Jews?

The response appears to depend upon whom you ask.

Vladimir Putin, at his surreal press conference Tuesday morning, alleged that he saw a swastika armband among the anti-Russian protesters in Kiev. Russia’s ambassador to the United Nations suggested that “Russia had acted to thwart threats by ultranationalists, including anti-Semites, against Russians and Russian speakers inside Ukraine,” according to The New York Times.

But leaders of Ukraine’s own Jewish community have alleged that recent anti-Semitic provocations in the Crimea, including graffiti on a synagogue in Crimea’s capital that read “Death to the Zhids,” are the handiwork of pro-Russian Ukrainians. Rabbi Yaakov Dov Bleich, who presides over Ukraine’s Jewish Federation, signed a letter asking Russia to end its aggression, and compared the current climate in Crimea to that of pre-Anschluss Austria. Of Russia’s warnings that there were anti-Semites among the Kiev protesters, the rabbi added, “The Russians are blowing this way, way out of proportion.”


What seems to be consistent is this: Both sides are using Ukraine’s Jewish community as a symbolic pawn, in which the credibility of the other side can be diminished by accusations of anti-Semitism. And that is remarkable. In a sense, it’s even laudatory. Babi Yar—in which, outside Kiev, over just two days Nazi Einsatzgruppen shot more than 33,000 Jews—was barely 70 years ago. 900,000 Ukrainian Jews, more than half the country’s pre-war Jewish population, were murdered in the Holocaust. This was in no small part because occupying Germans were able to secure the cooperation of homegrown anti-Semites, who had been carrying out pogroms in parts of their country that at the time were a designated region for Jews to settle in for decades preceding World War Two.

more: http://www.newrepublic.com/article/116855/ukrainian-russia-jews-respond-anti-semitism-crimea-crisis

I just made a similar observation in regards to the last paragraph's first sentences.
Posted by Behind the Aegis | Wed Mar 5, 2014, 03:07 AM (0 replies)

Fears of Anti-Semitism Spread in Ukraine

Fears of Anti-Semitism Spread in Ukraine
March 3, 2014 - 11:39am | admin
By Konrad Putzier

Could Europe witness its first pogrom against Jews since the 1940s? As Ukraine inches closer to civil war, the country’s Jewish population is growing anxious. Late last month, a Kiev rabbi made headlines when he urged his co-religionists to leave the country. A Ukrainian-born member of the U.S. Jewish advocacy group UJA Federation recently told me that his organization is monitoring the situation in Ukraine with great concern.

Cause for the anxiety is the rise of the Right Sector, a nationalist militant group crucial to President Viktor Yanukovych’s overthrow that now appears to hold great sway over the fragile Ukrainian government. Some members of the Right Sector are overt anti-Semites. Isolated beatings of Jews around Kiev’s independence square have already been reported. This weekend, the Right Sector called for its members to mobilize against a Russian intervention. The prospect of an armed, anti-Semitic mob in a largely lawless country should give everyone cause for alarm.

To Westerners, fighting for freedom and attacking Jews seem like an anachronism. But anti-Semitism has always existed alongside the Ukrainian independence movement. Throughout the 20th century, every uprising or civil war in Ukraine was accompanied by mass murder of Jews. The parallels to today are disturbing.

The first violent struggle for Ukrainian independence took place during the Russian civil war between 1918 and 1920. Following the collapse of the Tsarist Empire, Ukrainian nationalists declared an independent Ukraine, and tried to defend it against the Red Army and White troops. Anti-Semitism was widespread at the time, and all warring parties on the territory of today’s Ukraine committed pogroms. But the nationalists of the Ukrainian Directorate were especially brutal.

more: http://www.worldpolicy.org/blog/2014/03/03/fears-anti-semitism-spread-ukraine

Is anyone else finding the irony/hypocrisy in some of the remarks of recent, "amusing?"
Posted by Behind the Aegis | Tue Mar 4, 2014, 01:51 AM (7 replies)

New York Times Readers Annoyed at Number of Jewish Writers

I enjoyed reading this New York Times Motherlode blog post by a Jewish writer describing her experience letting go of a superstition against baby showers, until I got to the comments. Midway through them, I found myself wondering when someone would make an explicit pejorative reference to the “Jew York Times.” It may as well have been there, given the umbrage a handful of readers took at what they characterized as an over-representation of Jewish voices and concerns in the popular parenting blog.

A commenter named Sharon thusly kicked off the fracas: “The topics presented in this blog seem to always have some sort of direct or indirect Jewish tie-in… this one, Zachary’s shiva, the acne lady mentioning that her secular school friends left her alone but the Hewbrew school kids were merciless, the over-priviledged pre-school couple was Jewish.”

I’ll be generous and give Sharon the benefit of the doubt that she did not mean to offend. I have, in the past, been accused of naivete.

But my optimism quickly waned when I examined the sentiments of other commenters, who glommed on acrimoniously to Sharon’s observation. “This blog is overly Jewish and it’s obvious,” wrote DH. “Blacks comprise over 12% of the population, compared with the measly 3% of Jews, and yet you don’t see guest posts by or about Black parents on here very often at all. Hispanics, even Asians comprise a larger percentage of the population than Jews do, yet they don’t get much of a voice either.”

more: http://www.tabletmag.com/scroll/164403/new-york-times-readers-annoyed-at-number-of-jewish-writers

Oh the irony...the first three comments to this article:

John Stich · American University in Cairo


John Stich · American University in Cairo


(and my personal favorite, keep in mind this is a Jewish website)

Scott Rickard · Follow · Top Commenter · Slapper at Beehive · 3,426 subscribers

Zionists strictly control Western, US media: Scott Rickard http://www.presstv.com/detail/2013/02/20/289998/zionists-control-western-us-media/
Posted by Behind the Aegis | Fri Feb 28, 2014, 02:12 AM (18 replies)
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