Story of the Jews

Tuesday, March 25 8-10 p.m. (Part 1) and Tuesday, April 1 8-11 p.m. (Part 2)

The Story of the Jews with Simon Schama, airing on West Virginia PBS on March 25 and April 1,  hopes to establish a clearer understanding of the history and impact of the Jewish people throughout the world.

Written and presented by historian and critic Simon Schama, the five-hour documentary draws on Schama’s immense scholarship, his acute and original viewpoints, and his own family history in a series that is both deeply historical and bracingly contemporary. As Schama travels the globe from Spain to California, from Berlin to Tel Aviv, he tells ancient and modern stories that illuminate the passions and perplexities of today.

The Story of the Jews with Simon Schama is made possible by lead funding from The Paul & Irma Milstein Family. Major funding is generously provided by The Polonsky Foundation. Additional major support is provided by The Pershing Square Foundation, the Joseph S. and Diane H. Steinberg Charitable Trust, James and Merryl Tisch, Mortimer B. Zuckerman, the David Berg Foundation, Daniel and Joanna S. Rose, and the Lemberg Foundation. Support is also provided by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and PBS.

Visit the official website for the series:  www.pbs.org/StoryoftheJews

Holocaust Remembrence Day
9:40 am
Mon April 28, 2014

WVU Students Remember The Holocaust

Unto Every Person There Is A Name 2014 Holocaust names reading organized by WVU Hillel
Credit WVPublic

Each year for the past 17 years in Morgantown, WVU Hillel together with faculty and community remember the Holocaust by reading names of victims for 24 continuous hours. Students and community members get through about 10,000 names each year. At that rate, if they had access to all the names of the 11 million victims, the annual tradition would continue for about 1,000 years more. Organizers say they work to humanize the victims in an effort to remember the depths to which humanity can sink.

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Carrying Jewish Traditions
8:49 am
Fri March 28, 2014

College Student Finds Temple Away From Home

Concord University baseball player lives for a higher power.

This article is part of a special series highlighting the Jewish experience in West Virginia. It's a companion to the television series The Story of the Jews, airing March 25 and April 1 at 8 pm on West Virginia PBS.

We conclude our series on West Virginia's Jewish community - with a story of hope at the Congregation Ahavath Shalom in Bluefield a place where the enthusiasm of youth is bringing a new energy to the older congregation, even if it may be short lived.

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Public Event
6:15 pm
Wed March 26, 2014

The Story of the Jews: The Jewish Experience in West Virginia

The Story of the Jews with Simon Schama, a five-hour documentary exploring the intersection of Jewish history with world history.

Join us Friday, April 4 at 7:30 p.m. in Morgantown for a presentation about the national PBS documentary, "The Story of the Jews with Simon Schama" and the West Virginia Public Radio series highlighting the Jewish experience in West Virginia.  Reporter Glynis Board will discuss her interview with Dr. Edith Levy, holocaust survivor and educator.

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Story of the Jews
9:21 am
Tue March 25, 2014

The Story of the Jews debuts Tuesday on WV PBS

The Story of the Jews with Simon Schama begins airing Tuesday, March 25 on West Virginia PBS. It concludes on Tuesday, April 1.

Written and presented by historian and critic Simon Schama, the five-hour documentary draws on Schama’s immense scholarship, his acute and original viewpoints, and his own family history in a series that is both deeply historical and bracingly contemporary. 

The Story of the Jews with Simon Schama, premiers Tuesdays March 25th 8-10 p.m (episodes 1 and 2) and April 1st, 8-11 p.m (episodes 3, 4 and 5) on West Virginia PBS.

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Story of the Jews
12:12 pm
Mon March 24, 2014

Holocaust Survivor Educates W.Va. Youth

A Young Edith Levy. Holocaust survivor, and Morgantown resident. Born in Vienna, Austria, 1930.

This article is part of a special series highlighting the Jewish experience in West Virginia. It's a companion to the television series The Story of the Jews, airing March 25 and April 1 at 8 pm on West Virginia PBS.
 

We continue our ongoing series exploring the Jewish community in the state as we introduce you to Dr. Edith Levy, a Holocaust survivor who has dedicated years of her life to educating young West Virginians about the holocaust.

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Story of the Jews
10:55 am
Fri March 21, 2014

Righteous Remnant: Jewish Survival in Appalachia

A Bar Mitzvah at Temple Beth El in Beckley, 1994.
Credit Tom Sopher

Righteous Remnant: Jewish Survival in Appalachia is the West Virginia PBS documentary produced by West Virginia University School of Journalism Professor Maryanne Reed. The half-hour film, produced in 1997, examines the history and modern-day concerns of the small Jewish community in Beckley, W.Va. Click play below to watch the entire film.

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Story of the Jews
4:38 pm
Thu March 20, 2014

Morgantown Lawyer's Faith Shapes His Crusade to Fight Oppression

Morgantown Lawyer Allan Karlin
Credit Ben Adducchio / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

This article is part of a special series highlighting the Jewish experience in West Virginia. It's a companion to the television series The Story of the Jews, airing March 25 and April 1 at 8 pm on West Virginia PBS.

We continue our series on the Jewish community in West Virginia, with a story about a Morgantown lawyer whose Jewish faith has contributed to his life's passion.

Allan Karlin came to Morgantown in 1974, to work as a lawyer in rural communities. His mission was to fight oppression and represent those who were struggling in the face of it.

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Story of the Jews
10:55 am
Thu March 20, 2014

The Story of the Jews National Essay Contest

Prize-winning author and Emmy Award winner Simon Schama is bringing 3000 years of Jewish history to life in a new five-part documentary series, The Story of the Jews with Simon Schama, premiering Tuesdays March 25th 8-10 p.m (episodes 1 and 2) and April 1st, 8-11 p.m (episodes 3, 4 and 5) on West Virginia PBS. As part of a national educational and community outreach effort related to the series, WNET Education has launched an essay contest to encourage high school aged students across

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Story of the Jews
11:12 am
Wed March 19, 2014

One Short Visit and He Knew He Found Home - Meet Rabbi Urecki

Rabbi Victor Urecki

This article is part of a special series highlighting the Jewish experience in West Virginia. It's a companion to the television series The Story of the Jews, airing March 25 and April 1 at 8 pm on West Virginia PBS.

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Story of the Jews
9:19 am
Wed March 19, 2014

They’re Keeping the Faith at Temple Beth El

Temple Beth El has been the center of the Jewish community in Beckley since 1935.
Credit Suzanne Higgins

This article is part of a special series highlighting the Jewish experience in West Virginia. It's a companion to the television series The Story of the Jews, airing March 25 and April 1 at 8 pm on West Virginia PBS.

Tom Sopher was once a teenager helping the rabbi at Temple Beth El in Beckley with maintenance and yard work.

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Story of the Jews
10:00 am
Mon February 24, 2014

Holocaust Survivor Says Forgive But, Don’t Forget

Daniel Kereth of Bluefield, a Holocaust survivor.

As national Holocaust Day of Remembrance approached, 92 year old Holocaust survivor Daniel Kereth said years on the run and in prison were life-defining.

As Kereth prepared to speak at a remembrance ceremony at Mountain State University in 2011, Suzanne Higgins visited him in his home in Bluefield.

  

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Story of the Jews
1:06 pm
Sat November 4, 2006

Coalfield Jews Forged Niche as Retailers, Jewish Communities Flourished

Deborah R. Weiner's Coalfield Jews: An Appalachian History.
Credit Suzanne Higgins

Between the 1880’s and 1920’s there was an intersection of two historical phenomena in Appalachia. The railroads opened the region for the large scale extraction of coal and Jews from Eastern Europe came to the United States seeking opportunity.

In her book “Coalfield Jews: An Appalachian History,” Deborah Weiner writes “…their story is treated here as Jewish History and as Appalachian history, in equal measure.  The linkages that emerge between these two seemingly unrelated fields help to illuminate both.”

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