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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      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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      Lazarus Averbuch

      The mystery of what truly transpired between Lazarus Averbuch and Chief Shippy remains unsolved.

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      Adah Isaacs Menken: America's First Glamour Girl

      The First American Jewish Superstar

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      The Brownsville Public School Boycott: 1905

      The Jews of Brownsville, Brooklyn, fought back when a principal at a public school taught about sectarian views.

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      Hanukkah, American Style

      The Jewish festival near Christmas gained prominence in the U.S.

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      Mordecai Manuel Noah

      Mordecai Manuel Noah tried to found a Jewish colony on Grand Island until the Jews regained possession of the Holy Land.

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      Benjamin Cardozo, Jewish Justice

      Justice Cardozo's background as a Sephardic Jew shaped his entire career.

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      Kosher Coca-Cola

      As a symbol of American culture, Coca-Cola has penetrated every nation in the world and is served at the most strictly kosher events. While Coke has been on the market since 1886, only since 1935 has it been certified kosher, including kosher l'Pesach.

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      Fanny Brice

      Few Jewish comedians have made such a significant contribution to both Jewish humor and popular culture as Fanny Brice.

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      Aaron Lopez's Struggle for Citizenship

      Aaron Lopez was denied citizenship in pre-Revolutionary Rhode Island because he wasn't a Christian.


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