Trefa Dinner Menu
The July 11, 1883 banquet in
Cincinnati to honor the first ordination class of
Hebrew Union College included non-kosher food:
clams, crabs and more. News of this "trefa dinner",
with food forbidden by ancient Jewish customs, spread
quickly and widely.
We show you the four pages of this
menu of a dinner that helped to establish the Conservative stream
in American Judaism as many more traditional Jewish
congregations now felt that there was no place for them
in the Union of American Hebrew Congregations.
Link added July 28, 2008
From the Library
of the Jewish Theological Seminary
Beautiful virtual exhibits of some of
the world's oldest Jewish books, from the greatest
Jewish library in the Western Hemisphere.
Link added August 5, 2008
The Menorah Journal
Volume 1 Number 1 January 1915
Thanks to the Gutenberg Project,
treasures like the Menorah Journal can be read or
Link added August 1, 2010
Center for Online Judaic
COJS aims to make accessible the riches of the Jewish past
through the utilization of the internet. It is a leader in the
digitization of Jewish history. Their website is dazzling. Worth a visit
to see websites on the Jewish past, each one created with good graphics and
solid scholarship. You may ask (as we do) why text is often in text-only
pages, separate from images and separate from videos.
Like their magnificent structure on Fifth Avenue and East 65th Street in
New York, their website is deep and beautiful throughout.
virtual tour of the building is impressive.
But to us the most remarkable aspect of the site is its attention to
history, with a well illustrated
timeline. While only highlights of their
Museum of Judaica are
shown, each image has an extensive explanation. Last, while most websites are created by
many professionals, staff and volunteers, too often the only credit
shown is the web developer. This site's
Acknowledgements page does it right.
more to come