American Jews

American Jews

Jewish Immigration to America: Three Waves

Sephardic, German, and Eastern European immigrants each contributed to the formation of American Jewry.

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Jews in the Civil Rights Movement

Working to extend America's freedoms.

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The Soviet Jewry Movement in America

The fight to liberate the USSR's Jews strengthened and united the American Jewish community.

America and the Holocaust

Where were the United States government and the American Jewish community during the destruction of European Jewry?

Is Mah-Jongg a Jewish Game?

This Chinese parlor game found Jewish enthusiasts in the Catskills.

How Christmas Transformed Hanukkah in America

Proximity to the popular Christian holiday caused Hanukkah to take on a new significance.

Haym Salomon: Revolutionary Broker

Haym Salomon played a significant role in saving the newly established United States from financial ruin and was a prominent part of Jewish community affairs.

Harry Houdini

The world's most famous magician, whose real name was Erich Weisz, was the son of a rabbi.

Yiddish Theater in New York

A cultural phenomenon of Jewish America in the early 20th century.

Ellis Island

A brief history of the place where so many Jewish immigrants entered the U.S.

Jewish Vacations: The Catskills

A mid-20th-century haven for Jews trying to get away from it all.

The Lynching of Leo Frank

Falsely accused of murdering a girl, a Jew is killed by a mob while imprisoned in Georgia.

Orthodox Judaism in America

A history of Orthodox Judaism from World War II on.

Abraham Joshua Heschel: A Prophet’s Prophet

Heschel aimed, through his writing and teaching, to shock modern people out of complacency and into a spiritual dimension