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Houston Jews on the Homefront

By Katie Webber, HJHA Intern Over the past few weeks I’ve been sorting through a box we’ve recently acquired from Beth Yeshurun. This collection is special because it is the remaining pieces from Beth El Synagogue, a synagogue which later … Continue reading

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Beth Yeshurun’s Interfaith Seder

By Emma Siegel, HJHA Intern Passover is a holiday about acknowledgment of the other and subsequent redemption. During Passover we recite this passuk: “A wandering Aramean was my father [’arami ’oved avi]; he went down into Egypt and lived there … Continue reading

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A Conversation with Sherry Merfish

 By Amanda Lopatin, HJHA Intern When I asked Sherry Merfish to tell me her title, she wasn’t sure what to say, and after talking with her for an hour, I understand why. Sherry is a Jewish woman from San Antonio, … Continue reading

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Eulogies, Memory, and Archive

By Katie Webber, HJHA Intern An important part of the function of memory is to collectively share the past with one another. History does not live within the pages of books, but in the stories we tell to one another. … Continue reading

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Debuting the HJHA Brochure!

After a winter break hiatus, the HJHA blog is back with an announcement… We now have brochures! Designed and created in collaboration with Rice University’s Office of Public Affairs, these brochures describe the HJHA’s story and mission and highlight some … Continue reading

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