How To Give Your Kids a Taste of the Jewish Immigrant Experience

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

Patricia Polacco’s ‘The Keeping Quilt’ Beguiles a New Generation of Kids

As her classic children’s book marks its 25th anniversary, the author tells more immigrant tales in a new prequel, ‘The Blessing Cup’

Reality TV’s New Immigrants

In pageant show Honey Boo Boo, pop culture finally has a convincing take on the aspirations of newcomers

When Granny Beat Back the Klan, Armed With an American Flag and a Frying Pan

With an American flag in her hand, my immigrant grandmother stood up to a gang of Texas roughnecks

Back to My Roots

After my grandparents came to America, they changed our name. Decades later, I changed it back—and rediscovered a lost history.

The Projectionist

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 Tenth Man

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.

Metaphor Man

Lost Books

Slaving Away

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.

In a Loop

Starting the Torah cycle anew and reckoning with Moses’ unfulfilled desire to reach the promised land

Sore

When immigrant Lower East Side moms rioted over tonsillectomies

Strangers in a Strange Land

A haftorah of decency and despair

Long Haul

Some U.S. immigrants to Israel chase both the Zionist dream and an American paycheck

Jewish Abortion Technician

After a young woman’s 1871 death, the press took aim at an immigrant from Plotsk

Words of Our Fathers

What a 1942 essay contest revealed about immigrants’ lives, in the Old World and the New

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