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The First Hebrew Thanksgiving in America


Isaac Touro delivered a Hebrew Thanksgiving sermon on Nov. 28, 1765, praising King George III for protecting Newport’s Jews. His sermon took place before worshippers in the new Touro Synagogue. Since 1658, Newport had been a haven for Jews who escaped ...

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Leonard Nimoy Gets a Hand Up


In 1956, a 24-year-old taxicab driver named Leonard Nimoy got a call to pick up a Mr. Kennedy at the Bel-Air Hotel in Los Angeles. It was Sen. John F. Kennedy, who needed a ride to the Beverly Hilton. He was ...

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Artie Shaw, the Curious Alien of New Haven

Artie Shaw was a brilliant musician, an abusive husband and a complicated personality. All three of those qualities can be traced to his difficult childhood in New Haven. He would become one of the finest jazz clarinetists ever and the ...

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