B’nai B’rith Summer 2018 Magazine Also Focuses on Antiquities Theft in Israel, Karaite Judaism and Famed Yiddish Singer Isa Kremer
For many, Israeli folk dancing in America is a time-honored tradition that is practiced weekly across the nation. Now dance leaders are concerned that their participant numbers are dwindling. Our cover story looks into the history of Israeli folk dance and what may be contributing to a lack of participation.
Antiquities theft is a serious issue in Israel — an average of 300 archaeological sites are looted every year. Israel has upwards of 30,000 archaeological sites, and the Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA) works tirelessly to prevent fraud and thieves from stealing from these historical places. Read about this daunting task in our summer issue.
Eating cheeseburgers is Kosher? A small and little-known sect of Judaism says yes! Karaite Judaism is traced back to the 8th or 9th century Persia, and follows the teaching of the Torah, but does not practice what many consider more rabbinic Judaism.
With a career that spanned for more than four decades, singing sensation Isa Kremer was the first woman to perform Yiddish songs on the concert stage. Kremer became famous during World War I when she sang Italian, Russian and French songs in nightclubs. It wasn’t until poet Hayim Nahman Bialik suggested that she “do something for own people” that she began incorporating Yiddish songs into her sets.
Shootings are becoming an all too common occurrence, especially at schools, and the debate over gun reform often turns hostile. Colorado native President Gary P. Saltzman shares his personal experiences in his president’s column.
As we kick off our 175th year, we also focus on our legacy. Former presidents Joel S. Kaplan, Moishe Smith and Allan J. Jacobs reflect on their time at the helm of B’nai B’rith and what the organization means to them, and to the world.
B’nai B’rith Executive Vice President and CEO Daniel S. Mariaschin writes about the rise of global anti-Semitism incidents and what Jewish advocacy groups are doing to combat it. Mariaschin also talks about an anti-Semitism conference he attended in Rome.
Mark D. Olshan, director of the B’nai B’rith Center for Senior Services, warns readers of insurance scams, and that utilizing short-term plans may not be ideal.
Read these unique stories and so much more in the summer issue of B’nai B’rith Magazine.
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