American Jews

Anti-Semitism and American Jewish Identity

Even in periods when anti-Semitism was low, its persistence in Jewish memory and imagination continued to exert a formative influence on American Jewish identity.

Anti-Semitism in America

Prejudice against Jews has always existed in the United States, but American anti-Semitism differs from its European precursor in fundamental ways.

Ruth Bader Ginsburg

The first Jewish woman to serve on the U.S. Supreme Court.

Jewish and Goyish

A classic bit of American-Jewish humor.

Mel Brooks’ Best Clips

Highlights from the comedic producer's funniest movies.

Jewish Gangsters: A Little Known Chapter in American Jewish History

The best known Jewish gangsters were Bugsy Siegel, Louis “Lepke” Buchalter, Longy Zwillman, Moe Dalitz, and Meyer Lansky.

George Washington’s Letter to Newport

Washington promises no sanction to bigotry, and no assistance to persecution.

Blood of Damascus

When several prominent Jews in Damascus were accused of using non-Jewish blood to make matzah, the Jews of the world banded together to fight back. American Jewry specifically experienced its first taste of successful, united action.

John Adams and the Jews

John Adams expressed Zionist sympathies, and his respect for ancient Jewry.