Articles By Michael Feldberg

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    Michael Feldberg

    Michael Feldberg, Ph.D. is executive director of the George Washington Institute for Religious Freedom. From 1991 to 2004, he served as executive director of the American Jewish Historical Society, the nation's oldest ethnic historical organization, and from 2004 to 2008 was its director of research.


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      Judah Touro: American Jewish Philanthropist

      Judah Touro set the standard for Jewish American philanthropy by generously donating money to synagogues and other Jewish organizations.

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      America's First Consul to Jerusalem

      Warder Cresson's journey to Jerusalem, and to Judaism, took a convoluted path.

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      The St. Louis

      The German luxury ship, the St. Louis, sailed to Cuba with over 900 passengers on it, only to be turned away and sent back to Europe.

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      August Bondi

      The Jew who fought beside John Brown

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      Jewish Chaplains in the Civil War

      Jews enlisted in both the Union and the Confederate armies during the Civil War, but they were not allowed to serve as chaplains to provide religious and emotional support, as well as to preside over Jewish funerals.

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      Hank Greenberg

      Hank Greenberg becomes the pride of America's Jews.

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      Thanksgiving and the Jews: Pennsylvania, 1868

      When the Governor of Pennsylvania declared that Thanksgiving should be celebrated as a Christian holiday in 1868, the rabbis of Philadelphia protested.

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      Mickey Marcus: Israel's American General

      After a distinguished career in military and public service to the United States, the 46-year-old Marcus wrote his name forever in the annals of Israeli history.

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      Humble Roots of American Retailing

      The lives of Jewish peddlers wandering the country were difficult, rough, and filled with religious challenges.

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      But They Were Good to Their People

      During the rise of Nazism and the foundation of Israel, the notoriously mean Jewish gangsters of America proved to be true supporters of their people.


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