Jewish American Life

American-Jewish history and culture.

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Destination: New World
Columbus and the Jews

Three Waves
Different categories of American-Jewish immigrants

First Jews
Jews arrive in the future U.S. in 1654

Bavarian Influx
German immigrants change American Jewry.

Migration From Eastern Europe
The face of American Judaism changes

First Stop
A short history of Ellis Island

Jewish Plymouth Rock
The Lower East Side in Jewish memory

Second Sephardic Wave
Jews arrive from the Ottoman Empire

The Wonders of America
An immigrant's memoir of her first impressions


Integration & Intergroup Relations

Freedom: Promise & Challenge
The unprecedented situation of American Jewry

Acceptance in America
The Constitution, George Washington, and the Jews

Charleston Jews
One of America's first large Jewish communities

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