American Jewish history

This Week: "Jewish Journey: America" on PBS

Leaving and arriving – and crossing the sea -- is long part of the Jewish narrative. When the ancient Israelites left Egypt, the sea split and they crossed over.  Many Jewish immigrants to America had to endure crossings over rough seas, often crowded into the underbelly of the ship, in steerage.

Family Portrait: Jewish immigrants from Egypt in America at a 1928 wedding. Courtesy Andre Aciman

Why Immigration Is A Jewish Issue

10/08/2014
Special To The Jewish Week

It was in a windswept Italian seaside resort 25 years ago that I saw close-up the huddled masses yearning to breathe free.

Gideon Taylor

Historian Jonathan Sarna Hospitalized, In Critical Condition

05/21/2014

Jonathan Sarna, a leading scholar of American Jewish history, is in critical condition at Yale New Haven Hospital.

109 Years of American Jewish History Goes Digital

The Journal of Jewish Communal Service (JJCS) is now available in digital form on the Web thanks to the work of the Berman Jewish Policy Archive at NYU's Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service. The BJPA was established through generous support from the philanthropist Mandell ("Bill") Berman of Detroit and the Charles H. Revson Foundation.

Too Big to Fail in 1930

History’s silence on the Jewish immigrant entrepreneurs
behind the Bank of United States.

12/03/2010

On the morning of Dec. 11, 1930, thousands of people lined Delancey Street to withdraw their savings from the Bank of United States. Rumors had circulated for days that the largest retail bank in New York, with over 440,000 depositors and $300 million in assets, was insolvent.

Front page and back cover of the Bialystoker Stimme,  Nov. 1921.
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