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After the 2009 reception for Jewish American Heritage Month on Capitol Hill, which we co-hosted with The Jewish Federations of North America, we posted some photographs on Flickr. One of these photos shows Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords with friends Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand and Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz. We have always thought it a lovely photo, but a week or so ago, we learned just how special it is.
The photo seems to be the only one of the three friends at a public event, and it fittingly accompanied the dramatic stories about Gillibrand and Wasserman Schultz being at Giffords' bedside in Arizona when she first opened her eyes. The photo first showed up local New York paper, and we found it next on a Florida news blog.
In consultation with photographer Ron Sachs (Consolidated News Photo) and Steve Rabinowitz (Rabinowitz/Dorf Communications), we released the photo for use free of charge. We received usage requests from such media outlets as ABC, NBC Universal, and Getty Images. The photo was included in a 20/20 segment on January 18th called The Congresswoman and the Astronaut.
If you have not yet read how proud Congresswoman Giffords is of her Jewish roots, click here to read an article from The Forward.
We wish her a speedy recovery.
From article in this week's Washington Jewish Week:
With plans set for a monument honoring Jewish chaplains to be dedicated at Arlington National Cemetery Columbus Day weekend, the Jewish Historical Society of Greater Washington has initiated a campaign to help raise funds for that memorial and to create a new glossy brochure of Jewish sites in the cemetery.
Read the rest of the article!
Contribute to the campaign (be sure to put "Arlington Campaign" in the Designation box)!
Billed as 70 sessions in 7 hours on March 7, the massive "learn in" yesterday did not disappoint. I was honored to be asked to give an illustrated lecture on our exhibit and book, Jewish Life in Mr. Lincoln's City, at this annual event hosted by the Partnership for Jewish Life & Learning at the DC Convention Center. Several hundred "students" of all ages attended sessions on everything from tips on baking challah to notions on Jewish prayer. I was awed by the SRO (that's standing room only) attendance at our session. This was a terrific opportunity to teach about our community's history in a room of folks new to the Society and its programs.
For another blogger's perspective on the event and more photographs, check out Rachel Mauro's JewishDC post.
Executive Director Laura Apelbaum recently spoke about the Society's new book, Jewish Life in Mr. Lincoln's City with The Examiner. Check out the interview!
To hear more about the book, join Laura for a book talk at the Rockville Barnes & Noble on Sunday, April 11th.