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No excuses not to talk about anti-Semitism

In recent weeks, anti-Semitic events have injected ugliness into Las Vegas.  The stir it caused disrupted lives, introduced naïve people to the fear of bomb threats and verbal slurs. Hateful actions and words are never acceptable. Nor is it acceptable to ignore or deny such actions exist. Who verbally assaults another person with an intolerable term? Who defaces a school or place of worship?

UNLV Libraries Introduces a New Way to Browse Southern Nevada’s Jewish Heritage

Listen to the Voices

Cassette tapes. Remember these? In the 1970s, cassette tapes were commonplace. Then as technology replaced cassette recorders, the trusted tapes were stored for posterity. However, time is not always kind to tapes. So one of the objectives of this project was to digitize the stored tapes.
Reformatted for digital preservation, we recently added more interview clips to the bio pages on the People section of this site. 

Happy Hanukkah

Happy Hanukkah! It’s that time again to greet everyone with a smile and best wishes for the coming year.

Jerry Countess as captured by Aaron Mayes' lens and creative eye

If a photograph can take a moment and fill it with truth, this photo taken by my UNLV Special Collections colleague, captures the soul of Jerry Countess. Entitled "Missing Rachel," our colleague Aaron Mayes works his magic to artistically capture Jerry remembering his wife.

Muriel Stevens: Added spice and sweetness to Las Vegas history

“If you cook with love, they’ll love your cooking.” ~ Muriel Stevens is quoted as saying in her obituary this week. This mantra infused much of Muriel’s career as a television chef and newspaper columnist. I can only imagine having a chance to dine with her or cook together.

WWII Find on the 75th Anniversary of the Bombing of Pearl Harbor

       

Why Frank Sinatra donated to CNT and more stories...

What happens when you ask a group of high school students to let you watch as they look at your website? You watch to see if they are interested enough to explore the vast amount of information that you have saved to the site. You wonder if their curious nature will inspire them to dig deeper into the site. Or will they jump to their Twitter or Instagram pages?  

When lost is found, we're elated!

When we learned that a mysterious storage unit holding a substantial chunk of Jewish Federation’s history had been located, our archivists were elated.  Finally we would be able to fill in gaps of the Federation’s history with meeting minutes, photos and event documents. In addition, our ultimate goal to have a complete run of the Jewish Reporter may be attainable.  

Project's Third Year Begins

This blog has been a bit quiet while I was away for the past month.  With August we begin our third year of preserving the history of Jews who migrated to Southern Nevada.  I came back to a desk piled high with mail, transcripts and other materials. All that is now filed away and I am excited to focus on collecting additional oral histories these coming months.

Here are a few random but important items I’d like to mention: