I didn’t truly appreciate the sense of security that citizenship can provide until I became an immigrant myself as an adult
I once reviled ‘Fiddler on the Roof,’ a kitschy musical my parents adored. Now that it’s back on Broadway, I’ve come to reconsider its undeniable value.
At New York’s Tenement Museum, panelists discussed the still-relevant meaning of Yezierska’s novel about an immigrant Jewish family on the Lower East Side
Through a public art project, learning lessons of history and social justice
Even though it’s just a few blocks from our home, the Lower East Side Tenement Museum gave my girls a chance to time-travel
As her classic children’s book marks its 25th anniversary, the author tells more immigrant tales in a new prequel, ‘The Blessing Cup’
In pageant show Honey Boo Boo, pop culture finally has a convincing take on the aspirations of newcomers
With an American flag in her hand, my immigrant grandmother stood up to a gang of Texas roughnecks
After my grandparents came to America, they changed our name. Decades later, I changed it back—and rediscovered a lost history.
Actor Antony Sher draws on his own family’s past in his latest theatrical role, tracing the history of the Jewish immigrants who created Hollywood
The shul on Stanton Street outlasted others in a neighborhood once dense with them. One writer spent his summer trying to find out why. An excerpt.
On Passover, we recall that Moses was a stranger in a strange land. An illustrated column imagines how the story might sound in a contemporary Israeli classroom.
Starting the Torah cycle anew and reckoning with Moses’ unfulfilled desire to reach the promised land
When immigrant Lower East Side moms rioted over tonsillectomies
A haftorah of decency and despair
Some U.S. immigrants to Israel chase both the Zionist dream and an American paycheck
After a young woman’s 1871 death, the press took aim at an immigrant from Plotsk
What a 1942 essay contest revealed about immigrants’ lives, in the Old World and the New
Jews dominated the once-booming ostrich feather business. A historian finds out why.
My grandmother was an immigrant. And now I am, too.
Prostitutes, Christian Scientists, cross-dressing teachers