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Jewish Life of the Month

Rebecca Keys

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Jewish Life of the Month

Léon Blum

Dates
1872-1950

Best Known For
The first Jewish prime minister of France. Socialist activist. Courageous opponent of the pro-Nazi Vichy regime. Survivor of the Buchenwald concentration camp.

Famous Quote
"The free man is he who does not fear to go to the end of his thought."

Free Excerpt: Barbra Streisand's Beauty + Power

Rebecca Keys

'Barbra Streisand’ by Topher McCulloch via Flickr

'Barbra Streisand’ by Topher McCulloch via Flickr

Barbra Streisand showed us how to convert the worst of criticisms into the best of results, how to take our insecurities and discover our securities within them. Barbra Streisand showed us, especially the outsiders among us, how to survive." Read Neal Gabler's full excerpt on the Yale University Press blog and learn more about the indefatigable performer with Jewish Lives

Reading Jewish Lives: A New Synagogue Outreach Program

Rebecca Keys

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In partnership with Park Avenue Synagogue and communities across the United States, Jewish Lives is pleased to announce the launch of our new synagogue outreach program, "Reading Jewish Lives."

In 2017-2018, synagogues across the country will read four Jewish Lives biographies together, engage in small group discussions, and enjoy livestreamed presentations from the authors, which are free and open to the public.

All authors events will be held at Park Avenue Synagogue and will be livestreamed and recorded. For more information, please email contact@jewishlives.org. 

The Revolutionary Life of Emma Goldman

Rebecca Keys

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Image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons

Her critics widely considered her one of the most dangerous people in America. Watch a captivating video about Goldman's fearless life from the "Ordinary Women: Daring to Defy History" YouTube channel, and learn more about the unapologetic activist with Jewish Lives

Jewish Life of the Month

Rebecca Keys

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Image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons

Hayyim Nahman Bialik

Dates
1873-1934

Best Known For
Pioneer of modern Hebrew. Recognized as Israel's national poet. Bialik's songs for children continue to inspire to this day.

Famous Quote
"The golden key to Jewish education is the Hebrew language."

Video: Ruth Bader Ginsburg on Louis D. Brandeis

Rebecca Keys

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Images courtesy of Wikimedia Commons

Watch a C-SPAN video of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg celebrating the 100th anniversary of the nomination of Justice Louis D. Brandeis in 2016. Learn more about the enduring legacy of Brandeis with constitutional expert and Jewish Lives author Jeffrey Rosen.

Jewish Life of the Month

Rebecca Keys

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Image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons

Sarah Bernhardt

Dates
1844-1923

Best Known For
World renowned French stage actress with a "golden voice."  She also played male roles, including Shakespeare's Hamlet. One of the first actresses to act in motion pictures.

Famous Quote
"Legends remain victorious in spite of history."

10 Things You Probably Didn't Know About Freud

Rebecca Keys

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1. Freud’s death may have been a physician-assisted suicide.
2. His chain-smoking led to more than 30 cancer surgeries.
3. Freud once thought cocaine was a miracle drug. 

Check out the rest of the list via History.com, and learn more about the father of modern psychoanalysis with Jewish Lives.

Jewish Life of the Month

Rebecca Keys

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Image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons

Rav Kook

Dates
1865-1935

Best Known For
First Ashkenazi chief rabbi of British Mandatory Palestine. Orthodox. Zionist. One of the most influential rabbis of the 20th century.

Famous Quote
"I don't speak because I have the power to speak; I speak because I don't have the power to remain silent."

Who is the Real Jack Warner?

Rebecca Keys

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Unschooled Jewish immigrant. Brilliant businessman. Cultural innovator. "Scumbag?" Learn more about how Jack and his brothers forever changed Hollywood in our latest biography, Warner Bros: The Making of an American Movie Studio by eminent film critic David Thomson.

"Jack [Warner] is lucky to have a man...who has thought so deeply...and ultimately so brilliantly about him. We, his readers, are lucky too."—The Wall Street Journal