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  • The themes of Passover, and the bonds of history, tie our struggles to those of Ukrainian Jews

    Shuly Rubin Schwartz|Mar 31, 2023

    (JTA) — Just over 100 years ago, in April 1922, my great-grandparents emigrated to the United States with their four children, fearing for their lives in Kremenets, a Russian city in present-day western Ukraine. My great-grandfather, Aaron Shimon Shpall, an educator and journalist, recorded his thoughts about leaving “the city that we were born in and that we spent years of our lives in,” acknowledging how hard it would be “to separate from our native land, and our birthplace and our father’s house.” But he was clear that the Russia he k...

  • I'm a Jewish historian and my grandparents ran a deli - maybe we're in the same business.

    Shuly Rubin Schwartz|Nov 25, 2022

    (JTA) - Like so many other American Jews from the New York area, I have been eagerly awaiting "I'll Have What She's Having," the new exhibit on the American Jewish deli now on view at the New-York Historical Society. After all, the deli was our family business. I grew up on Long Island during the baby boom era, when large groups of Jews moved to the suburbs. New synagogues opened in almost every town, and Jewish bakeries, shops and schools proliferated around them. My family had its pick of...