Like most years, 2015 has had its ups and downs. There are problems in the world — war in Syria with the resulting millions of refugees; stabbings in Israel; slaughter in Paris and America; and the rise of ISIS.
However, 2015 also showed that most of the world shows humanity in the aftermath of natural and human-made disasters such as the rush to assist the victims of the Tibetan earthquake and the demonstrations of peace after the terrorism in Paris.
djn-1950-12-29-0-004At the Detroit Jewish News Foundation, we work to preserve the history of Detroit’s Jewish community. Maybe it is work on a small scale in the context of global affairs, but we think it is important work.
And 2015 was a good year for us. We celebrated two years of having the complete digitized Jewish News online and open for research, and this past October, we added the digital Jewish Chronicle to the William Davidson Digital Archives of Jewish Detroit History.
We at the DJN Foundation wish you a most Happy New Year! And, like this political cartoon from the Dec. 29, 1950, issue of the Jewish News, we hope for peace and understanding in 2016. *

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— Mike Smith, DJN Foundation Archivist

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