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Recent Content

New Podcast: Jewish History Matters

Dear colleagues, we are excited to introduce a new podcast titled Jewish History Matters, featuring interviews and in-depth discussion of new research and enduring debates about Jewish history and culture and why it matters. The podcast launched earlier this year at www.jewishhistory.fm with episodes on topics including "What Ifs of Jewish History," "Why 1938 Matters Today," and more.

Re: Research Query: Investigating the Rochester Synagogue Bombings of 1970

A comparison with the firebombing of synagogues in the Boston inner-city neighborhood of Dorchester-Mattapan in 1970 (as part of a blockbusting drive) might be useful. There is literature on this episode, including The Death of an American Jewish Community: A Tragedy of Good Intentions.
by Hillel Levine and Lawrence Harmon.

Ed Levin
Center for Textual Studies
Lifshitz College

Re: Research Query: Investigating the Rochester Synagogue Bombings of 1970

I also have some first-hand knowledge, having served as rabbi of Temple Beth Am (in the Rochester suburb of Henrietta) from 1982-86. I was surprised that the actual event was as early as 1970 as it was something many members were conscious of. I always remember it being attributed to mafia actions, perhaps to distract the police. I am still in touch with a few long-time Rochester residents who may have recollections to add.

Robert Tabak