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How 19th-Century Jews Appealed to President Jefferson

By On November 10, 2016

Jews have a long history of making sure our heads of state hear from us. So if you’re planning on lobbying the President-elect, you could do worse than to model your conversation on a… Read More


Meet Max Ries, Who Brought Edible Insects to 1940s Chicago

By On February 5, 2016

There’s been a surge of interest in entomophagy, the human consumption of insects. Eighty percent of the world’s population already does it. Even in Israel, a recent locust swarm got foodies salivating,… Read More


The Only Turkey-Style Challah Braiding Video You’ll Ever Need

By On November 22, 2015

Perhaps the greatest gift that last year’s Thanksgivukkah gave American Jews—well, third greatest, if we count the menurkeys on our windowsills and the orange cranberry jelly doughnuts we want in our bellies—is… Read More


Where Star Trek and the Great American Songbook Meet the Jews

By On April 13, 2015

What happened to the classic songs of the 1930’s and ‘40s? The standards of the Great American Songbook crooned by Frank Sinatra, Peggy Lee or Ella Fitzgerald (and later made unforgettable by… Read More


The Jewish Mail Order Bride

By On August 2, 2012

These days, mail-order brides mostly reside in your spam folder, but in the 1800s, it was a booming industry in the American frontier, and an easy way for women to make it… Read More


Scenes from the Suburbs

By On December 9, 2011

Historian Arthur Hertzberg estimated that in the two decades between 1945 and 1965 one out of every three American Jews left the big cities for the suburbs. This was a trend that occurred throughout… Read More


The Jewish Indian Chief

By On November 24, 2011

In 1888, the Acoma Pueblo Indians–a Native American tribe living in New Mexico–appointed Solomon Bibo as chief of their tribe. The Acomas even asked the United States to recognize Bibo as their leader. Most remarkable of… Read More


Love Letter from the President

By On July 4, 2011

President George Washington was hardly a regular synagogue attendee, but he did visit the Touro Synagogue in Newport, RI–the oldest synagogue in America–and he liked what he saw. In a 1790 letter to the synagogue, he… Read More