When the Noise of Children Returned to Moscow’s Choral Synagogue

June 11 2019

Completed in 1906, after construction was stalled multiple times by the tsarist authorities, Moscow’s Choral Synagogue remains one of Russian Jewry’s most impressive works of architecture. During the Soviet era, it was one of very few synagogues permitted to function at all. Benyamin Goldschmidt, whose father became the congregation’s rabbi in 1993—only two years after the end of Communism—reminisces about bearing witness to the revival of Judaism in the city:

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More about: Moscow, Russian Jewry, Soviet Jewry, Soviet Union, Synagogues

The American Association of University Professors Celebrates Anti-Semitism

Last week, the American Association of University Professors (AAUP), an influential academic organization, announced that Rabab Ibrahim Abdulhadi of San Francisco State University would receive one of its annual awards, citing her “courage, persistence, political foresight, and concern for human rights . . . in her scholarship, teaching, [and] public advocacy” as well as her efforts to “advance the agenda for social change in Palestine, the United States, and internationally.” Those efforts, notes Jonathan Marks, include supporting the exclusion of the Jewish campus group Hillel from a university-wide event, and lambasting the school’s president for apologizing for that exclusion:

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More about: Academia, Anti-Semitism, Israel on campus