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jewish immigration


The Colorful, Historic ‘Lost Shul Mural’ of Burlington, Vermont

By On July 20, 2017

Travel guide trivia: What Northeastern American city was once known as Little Jerusalem? If you guessed other than Bernie’s green stomping grounds of Burlington, Vermont, try again. In the Green Mountain State,… Read More


The Jewish History of Nathan’s July 4th Hot Dog Eating Contest

By On July 3, 2017

Back on July 4, 1916, four immigrants decided to settle the score over who was the most patriotic by holding a hot dog eating contest at Nathan’s Famous stand on NYC’s Coney… Read More


Lane Bryant Was a Jewish Orphan From Lithuania Before She Became a Household Name

By On May 2, 2017

In 1897, a 16-year-old Jewish orphan from Lithuania named Lena Himmelstein arrived in New York City and found work in a sweatshop for $1 a week. After her first husband, David Bryant, died at… Read More

Two Jews in Love--in Yiddish--in Havana

Two Jews in Love (in Yiddish) in Havana

By On April 12, 2016

Today Cuba is in the news for resuming diplomatic relations with the United States after a four-decade Cold War freeze. But it was a very different place in 1942, when Reuben and… Read More

A Candy Bar Identity Crisis With a Jewish Immigrant Backstory

A Candy Bar With a Jewish Identity Crisis

By On April 8, 2016

Other than Hanukah gelt, there isn’t too much candy renowned for being Jewish. But Goldenberg’s Peanut Chews are one. Introduced in 1917 by the Goldenberg Candy Company as a protein-rich ration for… Read More


The Little-Known History of Ecuadorian Jews

By On June 18, 2015

Every immigration has its adjustments, but for the European Jews who fled to Ecuador during World War II, they were more extreme than most. As An Unknown Country, the new film by… Read More


Take a (Virtual) Trip to 19th-Century Jewish New Hampshire

By On March 19, 2015

  Many history lessons about the wave of Jewish immigrants between the 1890s and early 20th century revolve around urban neighborhoods like New York’s Lower East Side. But a digital exhibition arm of… Read More

The Jews Who Carved the Carousel Horses

The Jews Who Carved the Carousel Horses

By On August 1, 2014

There’s nothing like mounting a horse, tossing your head back, and riding off in the California surf. Unless, of course, your horse is handcrafted by Torah ark woodcarvers, and mounted to a pole… Read More


Escape into Paradise

By On September 6, 2012

Here’s the story of some Jews who escaped the dangers of the Holocaust–and headed straight to the tropics. In 1938, leaders of 32 countries convened in the French vacation town of Evian, where… Read More


Jewniverse’s Name was Changed at Ellis Island to June Verse

By On September 3, 2012

Check out some of our favorite stories of Jewish immigration. Home On the Range—A mail order bride from Russia comes to live on the American frontier. Ragtime—the novel features a surprising and… 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


Jewish Wild West Women

By On June 6, 2012

Rebecca Cohen Mayer was born to German-Jewish immigrants in 1837 and raised in Mexico and Texas. When she was 15 years old, she married a man twice her age and set off on the Santa Fe Trail.… Read More