Community Briefs: Civil Rights Photos, Yiddish Forverts Editor Talk

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A protest in Philadelphia in the 1960s photographed by Jack T. Franklin Photo by Jack T. Franklin

Einstein’s ‘Capturing Hope’ Exhibit Opens
“Capturing Hope,” a photography exhibit depicting the civil rights movement, is on display at Einstein Medical Center Philadelphia.

The exhibit, which is free and open to the public, features photos on loan from the African American Museum in Philadelphia that were taken by Jack T. Franklin. The noted photographer donated his collection of more than 500,000 negatives to the museum in 1986.

The collection comprises photos of the civil rights movement and numerous, cultural and political events in Philadelphia’s African American community during his lifetime.
“Capturing Hope” is divided into three themes: “Freedom Isn’t Free,” which features the civil rights movement; “Martin Luther King Remembered”; and “From Philadelphia to D.C., the March to Washington.”


The exhibit, which opened in February to commemorate Black History Month, is located in the Community Corridor in the Tower Building — the main building on the Einstein Medical Center Philadelphia campus at 5501 Old York Road. Visitors are required to wear a face mask and practice social distancing.

Rabbi Sussman to Host Zoom Talk with Yiddish Forverts Editor
Senior Rabbi Lance J. Sussman of Reform Congregation Keneseth Israel will host a Zoom talk at 7:30 p.m. on March 10 with Rukhl Schaechter, the editor of Yiddish Forverts, which is described as the only remaining Yiddish newspaper outside the Chasidic Jewish world.

Bronx-raised Schaechter is the first woman as well as the first person born in the United States to hold the position of editor; she is likely also the first Sabbath-observant Jew to edit the paper, which dates to 1897. She is the daughter of Yiddish linguist Mordkhe Schaechter, and her aunt was Yiddish poet and songwriter Beryle Schaechter-Gottesman.

During the talk with Sussman, she will discuss how she started working at Yiddish Forverts as a reporter in 1998, among other topics. She was named editor in 2016 and has been credited for increasing the publication’s online outreach.

For more information about the event and a link to attend, email: [email protected]

— Compiled by Andy Gotlieb

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