American Jews

American Jews

Jewish Immigration to America: Three Waves

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

American Jews

Jews in the Civil Rights Movement

Nowhere did Jews identify themselves more forth­rightly with the liberal avant-garde than in the Civil Rights movement of the 1960s.

Modern Jewish History

The Soviet Jewry Movement in America

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

Jews and the African Slave Trade

Like many others, Jews participated in the trans-Atlantic slave trade, but they by no means dominated it.

Solomon Hays and the Yom Kippur Balcony Window Battle

Solomon Hays and his family were excommunicated from Shearith Israel in New York City due to causing a disturbance over a simple window.

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 Jewish man was killed by a white mob in Georgia in 1915.