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Jewish Life of the Month

Rebecca Keys

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Photo Courtesy of Wikimedia Commons

Walther Rathenau

Dates
1867-1922

Best Known For
German Jew who served as Foreign Minister during the Weimar Republic. Assassinated by a right-wing terrorist group. Viewed as a democratic martyr until the Nazis banned all commemorations of him.

Famous Quote
"Always assume your opponent to be smarter than you."

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Rebecca Keys

Follow Jewish Lives on Instagram for daily quotes, curated art, photography, and more.

Pictured: No Jewish Lives Einstein book club is complete without atomic energy themed treats! Thank you to Park Avenue Synagogue for hosting one of many reading groups featuring our biography of the scientific "superstar."

Jewish Life of the Month

Rebecca Keys

Image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons

Image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons

Peggy Guggenheim

Dates
1898-1979

Best Known For
One of twentieth-century America’s most influential patrons of the arts. Championed modern masters such as Jackson Pollock and Man Ray. A defiantly uncompromising woman who maintained a powerful upper hand in a male-dominated world.

Famous Quote
"I was a liberated woman long before there was a name for it."

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

Image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons

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."