The Men That Made The Atomic Bomb (2016 Edition)

Presented at the JCC of Ann Arbor on July 14th, 2016.

“On August 13th, 1942, the government of the United States began the project that changed human history, the development of the Atomic Bomb. The project was begun under the urging of Jewish physicists Leo Szilard and Albert Einstein, would proceed under the direction Robert Oppenheimer and would involve literally dozens of Jewish physicists, chemists and mathematicians. They were aware that they were in a race against the German team that was also engaged in developing a weapon of mass destruction. The fate of the Jewish people and of all humanity hung in the balance.

The Men Who Made The Atomic Bomb (PowerPoint)

The Men Who Made The Atomic Bomb (PDF Version)

The Jewish Comic Book Guys

Presented February 25th, 2016 at the JCC of Ann Arbor

In 1938 the character of Superman would make his first appearance in Action Comics, ushering in the Golden Age of comics and helping to create an industry that is today valued in the billions of dollars. Few people realize that the Man of Steel was created by two Jewish boys out of Cleveland and that he was, in many ways, a direct response to Adolf Hitler.

Copies available as PowerPoint and PDF:

The Jewish Comic Book Guys

The Jewish Comic Book Guys

The Jewish Psychologists

The stories of Sigmund and Anna Freud, Alfred Adler, Bruno Bettelheim, Abraham Maslow, the members of the Frankfurt School, even Dr. Ruth Westheimer….rarely are they presented in their proper historical and cultural context. This is an attempt to correct that and explain how psychology became what it is today.

Presented at the Ann Arbor JCC/JCS this historical overview is available for download and reference:

The Jewish Psychologists

Voices For Social Change – A Secular Jewish Perspective

Jews in America have always been at the forefront of social change. From Revolutionary War hero Haym Solomon to union activists, feminists and those fighting for our privacy, this is a history of those who raised their voices for social change. Please feel free to download a copy:

Voices for Social Justice Final

My Perfect Gmail Inbox

I use Gmail as my primary mail interface for both personal and some business emails. Overall, Google has done a good job with the toolset to manage mails, but…let’s face it….they also make it easy to become a pack rat. Why shouldn’t you just keep everything? Clutter is okay, but it does make it hard to focus on what is important. Fortunately there are some excellent third-party tools available to help you.

To start off by sorting and cleaning your mailbox, I recommend Mailstorm: My Inbox. See https://mailstrom.co/ Like Gmail itself, there is nothing to download, nothing to install. It is a web-based interface that you simply log on to. It then sorts the mail in your inbox by sender, by age, etc. It makes filing and archiving your emails trivially easy. You can do much the same from within Gmail, but this is easier. Mailstrom’s goal is to help you reach inbox Zero.
Once your inbox has reached manageable size, Unroll.me (https://unroll.me/) is a great tool to manage your subscriptions. Groupon, Facebook Twitter and LinkedIn updates….once you give Unroll.me access to your account, you see a list of subscriptions. You can click down the list to unsubscribe or add your newsletters into a single, once-a-day roll up email, preserving all your coupons but keeping your mail manageable. NOTE: To unlock the full Unroll.me feature set, you need to help them get the word out. Clearly I don’t mind doing that, but just disclosing the requirement. I would happily pay to subscribe to the service.

Mailstrom and Unroll.me are great tools to manage email clutter.

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