I collect (American) Judaic lapel buttons.
I have approximately 3000 unique items. Each one represents a different moment in the American Jewish life and offers a way to learn about the Jewish experience.
Jews have produced and distributed lapel buttons (or pins) since the beginning of the 20th century. Some of these were produced to commemorate celebrations, others to make a point at demonstrations. Some were produced for commercial gain, and others for a political campaign. Their purposes are legion and diverse. Some are humorous, some serious. Each one tells of a moment in the recent Jewish experience.
In the Spring of 1979, Present Tense magazine (published by the American Jewish Congress until the early 1990s) printed a brief description of my collection [Vol 6 #3 pp. 30–31, it was actually the cover story]. At the time, the collection numbered only a few hundred items.
your lapel buttons
Many people have lapel buttons. They may be attached to a favorite hat or jacket you no longer wear, or poked into a cork-board on your wall. If you have any laying around that you do not feel emotionally attached to, please let me know. I am preserving these for the Jewish people. At some point they will all go to an appropriate museum.
things are not always as they seem
Sometimes I find a button that looks like it should belong in my collection. To be on the “safe side” I’ll buy it… only to learn later that…
other buttons shared
- jewish environmentalism and tu b’sh’vat
- #blogelul : faith
- #blogelul : trust
#blogelul : counting
#blogelul : inventory
- #blogelul : return
- promise of dawn
- can an aipac supporter explain this one?
- time for pruning
- 6 on a scale of 1 to 10?
- what’s the difference between 48 and 11?
- a cold peace
- now is the time for change
- what would dad think?
- …the real thing?
- love humanity, & bring them close 2 #Torah
- beyond the straits and narrow
- remembering pearls of music
- the new year; traveling for chocolate…
- let us make light
- It’s very clear
- pirke imahot .01
- אלול comes every year
- Hiroshima 広島市 Day Again (may we have many)
- i love my gay rabbis
- which jews…?
- the electronic leaflet
- מזל טוב
- be תורה
- the boy and I
- giving and taking
- following orders
- let my people go (2)
- do candles have feelings?
- how much is any life worth?
- esther’s song
- steve’s song
- Swann Song
- Shake a Biblical Bouquet
- The People of the…
- Elul Homework 2 (I’ve done that too!)
- How did the על חטא (al ḥet) begin?
- Elul Homework 1
- Unifying my life as I trim my garden
- I am my ♥’s and my ♥ is mine אלול
- for multiple transgressions of…
- Hiroshima 広島市 Day ☮
- Help Save Raoul Wallenberg; Savior of 100,000 Jews
- Rabbis for Human Rights
- Anne Frank
- I. L. Peretz
- Theodor Herzl
- Yom haShoa 5769
- Let My People Go
- Be Happy, It’s Adar
images of lapel buttons found around the Web
- Illustrating an article in New Scientist (07 July 2009)
Winning the ultimate battle: How humans could end war
Can humans ever live in eternal peace? (Image: Rex Features)
- Illustrating an article in The New York Times (14 August 2009)
Moveie Review — Earth Days Planetary Reflections
Stewart Brand, founder of the Whole Earth Catalog, in the documentary “Earth Days”.
- Illustrating an article in the The New York Times (27 August, 2011)
Ugly? You May Have a Case