11 Things We Didn’t Know Last Week

News, discoveries and … fun 1. The extinct pelagornis bird had a wingspan as wide as 24 feet.  (Learn more at International Business Times) 2. The Nazi’s “perfect Aryan” poster child was Jewish. (Learn more at The Telegraph) 3. A computer chip that delivers a contraceptive hormone can be turned off when a woman wants to get pregnant. (Learn more at CNET) 4. Scientists know where an on-off switch for consciousness is located in the brain. (Learn more at New …

Edgar Bronfman Sr.: Fighter for Jewish Causes

After Edgar Bronfman Sr. took over the reins of Seagram in the early 1970s, he expanded the liquor company founded by his father Samuel into a sprawling global comglomerate, taking over juice-maker Tropicana and expanding into the oil and chemical businesses as well. But while Bronfman, who died on Dec. 21 at age 84 in Manhattan, was successful enough in those ventures to become a billionaire, he had a vastly more profound and far-reaching impact with his work as a …

From Lawyer to Chronicler of Jewish History

Ethan Bensinger is a take-charge kind of guy. When he sees a need, he figures out how to take care of it. And while visiting relatives over the years at a Chicago home for Jewish refugees and Holocaust survivors, the retired immigration lawyer decided that the residents’ stories of struggle and resilience needed to be recorded for posterity. He did just that. He bought a video camera and recorded the remembrances of 30 people for the home’s archives. But Bensinger …