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A Mother and Daughter Remember the Triangle Factory Fire

Through a public art project, learning lessons of history and social justice

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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

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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’

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Reality TV’s New Immigrants

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

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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

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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.

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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

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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.

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Metaphor Man

Lost Books

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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.

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In a Loop

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

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Sore

When immigrant Lower East Side moms rioted over tonsillectomies

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Strangers in a Strange Land

A haftorah of decency and despair

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Long Haul

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

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Jewish Abortion Technician

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

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Words of Our Fathers

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

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Birds of a Feather

Jews dominated the once-booming ostrich feather business. A historian finds out why.

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Repeating History

My grandmother was an immigrant. And now I am, too.

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Westward Expansion

Prostitutes, Christian Scientists, cross-dressing teachers