Exhibit at Jewish Museum preserves Iraqi Jewish heritage

The meticulously restored historic Iraqi Jewish documents and artifacts on display through Jan. 15 at the Jewish Museum of Maryland in Baltimore are some of the last remnants of the once-thriving Jewish communities of Baghdad. Over the last century, the Jewish population was decimated through pogroms, public executions, forced deportations and mass exodus, falling from… Read More

Clash of countries, mix of cultures

Lyubov Ostrovska and Vitaly Kroner have shaped their careers based on the needs of the societies they’ve lived in. Ostrovska has worked as a biologist in both an academic and research-based environment developing a method for cancer treatment. Kroner was an electrical engineer for nearly two decades before purchasing a tax office in 2007. But following… Read More

Curator preserves history of Jews in Curaçao

A small sign hangs on the corner of the light yellow building directing tourists to the entrance of Mikve Israel – Emanuel synagogue and museum, the oldest continuously used synagogue in the Western hemisphere. Visitors traipse through the doors to the complex under a Hebrew sign which reads “Blessed may you be in your coming.”… Read More

Jewish artist’s Lincoln portrait gets a moment in the sun

Most days, a little-known 19th-century portrait of Abraham Lincoln by Solomon Nunes Carvalho (1815-1895) is tucked away in archival storage at Brandeis University’s Rose Art Museum. But last Tuesday, the deeply allegorical portrait, painted in 1865 by the American-Jewish artist, made a rare public appearance, the first in a decade. The painting is the only known… Read More