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Jews in Virginia are facing perilous times, and it's important to speak up, U.Va. professor says

Jews in Virginia are facing perilous times, and it's important to speak up, U.Va. professor says

Jews in Virginia and across the country are facing troubled and perilous times, says professor Phyllis Leffler.

The University of Virginia professor of 30 years, an expert in public history, oral history and the Jewish history of Charlottesville traveled to Colonial Williamsburg Wednesday to deliver a lecture on the history of Jews in the state.

The event “Jews in Virginia: Living New Lives, Facing Old Fears” was presented by Temple Beth El, the only synagogue in the Historic Triangle, in collaboration with The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation. Rabbi David Katz introduced the speaker to the more than 200 people packed in the Hennage Auditorium.

The nearly 60-year-old...

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