American Jews

How Coca-Cola Became Kosher

While the iconic soft drink has been on the market since 1886, only since 1935 has it been certified kosher, including for Passover.

Harry Houdini

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

Should Jews Celebrate Valentine’s Day?

How kosher is this romantic day that is named for a saint?

Yiddish Theater in New York

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

Jewish Immigrants in the Garment Industry

New York was a hub of clothing production, with sweatshops the first American workplace for many newly arrived Jews.

Emma Goldman

A profile of the anarchist and lifelong advocate for social justice.

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.

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

The ILGWU Strike of 1909

The 1909 ILGWU strike established a precedent for serious collective action in other branches of the garment economy.