Story of the Jews

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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Righteous Remnant Bartizvah
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.

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.

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

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.

Temple Beth El
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.

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.”