Education (Jewish)


*Shavuot – Its history and meaning


The Western Wall is in Old Jerusalem. Jerusalem was originally founded as
the City of David in 1010 BCE,
but according to archaeological evidence the area may have been settled
and inhabited as early as 4500 BCE.

Dawn of History
(3800-2001 BCE)

Ancient Israelite Religion
(2000-587 BCE)

After the Babylonian Exile
(538 BCE-70 CE)

Rule of Rome
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Rabbinic Period of Talmud Development
(70 BCE-500 CE)

Consolidation & Dominance of Christianity
(325-590 CE)

Development of Muhammad’s Islamic Message
(570-1258 CE)

Medieval Period in the West
(600-1500 CE)

The Crusades
(1095-1258 CE)

Transition & Rebuilding of Political Islam
(1258-1500 CE)

Mamluk Rule
(1291-1516 CE)

Christian Reformation Period
(1517-1569 CE)

Dominance of Ottoman Muslim Empire
(1500-1920 CE)

Jewish Contemporary Period
(1700-1917 CE)

Unrest & Realignment in the Middle East
(1914-1918 CE)

British Rule in Palestine
(1918-1947 CE)

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Legend has it, famed Ukrainian cantor and composer Yossele Rosenblatt discovered the boy who would become the vibrant vaudeville star known as Red Buttons.
As the story goes, Rosenblatt recruited then 8-year-old Aaron Chwatt, son of Jewish immigrants—
into his famous Cooperman’s Choir after the cantor heard the boy sing at a Lower East Side pickle stand.

Buttons, so nicknamed for his red hair and early gig as a singing bellhop in the Bronx, would be classic Borscht Belt.
After working the mountains, Buttons worked the stage, even appearing in the last of the old New York City burlesque shows before Mayor LaGuardia broke up the gig.

In 1952, Buttons starred in The Red Buttons Show, a television variety series that sadly only lasted three years.
But it would be for the better: after a few years in obscurity, Buttons reappeared opposite Marlon Brando in the 1957 romantic drama Sayonara,
winning an Academy Award for his role as an airman in Japan during the Korean War.

In the mid-90s, an elderly Buttons returned to the Lower East Side for a nostalgic romp, stopping in at the old
shul on Rivington where he sang with Rosenblatt. He still remembered the songs.

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