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Immigrant City

Fiction: ‘On either side of the street rose apartment buildings, thrumming with life and larceny. There it was, my immigrant childhood.’

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Bringing Immigrant Stories Home

The Tenement Museum’s new exhibit focuses on families who came to the Lower East Side relatively recently

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Inside Ellis Island’s Immigrant Hospital

An effort is underway to save old buildings crumbling into dust

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‘Strange’ and ‘Strangers’

Two new studies of Islam portray recent outbursts of coordinated violence and oppression not as a reaction to Western liberalism but instead as fundamental to the religion itself

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Lessons From a Boy and His Lion

Renato and the Lion is a gorgeous new picture book that teaches us about art, family, and history—and parallels many of our own families’ immigration stories

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Children of Kindness

Episode 95: Jamie Kirchick on the end of Europe and Muslim comedian Negin Farsad on making jokes in the Trump era

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Illegal Immigration and the Book of Ruth

Shavuot offers an important lesson for politics today.

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My Grandmother, the Undocumented Immigrant

On a recent trip to Cuba, I learned more about my grandmother’s journey to America—and the different ways my family has interpreted that piece of our history

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Ghosts of the St. Louis

How a protest over immigration policy stirred up memories of one grandmother’s journey to America, and a boatload of Jewish refugees who were turned away

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Did U.S. Anti-Immigrant Hysteria Doom the Passengers on the ‘St. Louis’? It’s Complicated.

The ship’s refugees seeking safe haven from the Nazis were victims of a global system that included America

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When Populists Have a Point

Many knee-jerk criticisms misconstrued Donald Trump’s comments about ‘last night in Sweden.’ The Scandinavian country has its own set of problems related to immigration and crime.

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Israeli Immigration Thriller Becomes Global Sensation

Ayelet Gundar-Goshen’s suspenseful new ‘Waking Lions’ turns the fateful collision of an Israeli doctor and an African immigrant into an indictment of surging nationalism

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Homage to the Mexicans in the Time of Trump

The wall will go up, separating ourselves from our own past

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Rabbis Fighting for Refugee Rights

T’ruah gathers in New York to galvanize activists in the pulpit

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The Real Question at the Heart of Trump’s Immigration Order

It’s not about refugees, or security, or travel bans. It’s about what America is—and what it ought to be.

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In Reversal, Israel to Allow Nine Venezuelan Jews Entry on Condition of Second, ‘Symbolic’ Conversion

After a special Knesset meeting brokered by The Jewish Agency, three Jewish families from Venezuela are heading to Israel

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Holocaust Exploitation

Why the sudden rush to Shoah analogies from people who just handed over the keys to the Middle East to the Iranians? And why did Trump leave the Jews out of remembrance of the genocide?

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Trust This Immigrant: Trump’s Ban Is a Moral Crisis

The identity of America—unity—is under attack by Trump’s administration, whose key goal is to divide. So stand up, shout out, and love thy neighbor.

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Madeleine Albright, of Jewish Ancestry, Stands With Muslim Immigrants

‘I was raised Catholic, became Episcopalian & found out later my family was Jewish. I stand ready to register as Muslim’

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Group of Venezuelan Jewish Converts Denied Immigration to Israel

Israel’s Interior Ministry is not allowing a cohort of nine Venezuelan Jewish converts to make aliyah, claiming their engagement in the dwindling Jewish community has not been sufficient 

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Latino Jews Respond to Trump

Feelings of unease, and tiny pockets of satisfaction, around the results of the 2016 presidential election

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Reality Bites, for Immigrants With Smartphones

Lara Vapnyar’s ‘timely’ and ‘insightful’ new novel, ‘Still Here,’ wonders what the American dream looks like to former Russians

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Germany’s Hot New Party Thinks America Is ‘Run by Zionists’

The troubling rise of ‘Alternative for Germany’

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Abayudaya Jews of Uganda Now Officially Recognized by Jewish Agency

But will Uganda’s Abayudaya Jews, most of whom converted before 2009, be able to immigrate to Israel under the Law of Return?

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TOEFL, a Desperately Dull and Profoundly Unfair Exam, Abuses the English Language

I tried to prep a pair of Afghan teens for American boarding school, but instead of teaching them the language they need, I spent all my time explaining cultural references and unfamiliar contexts

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‘They All Survived for Me to Be Here’

Dustin Hoffman recently learned about the immigration journey of his incredible Jewish great-grandmother, who fled Russia

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Kafka’s Ring-Bearer Haunts Barry Levinson’s ‘Avalon’ at 25

The underappreciated, intimate family saga is as much about Jewishness as it is an American story—but which Jewishness?

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Aliyah Numbers Rise, but Majority Coming From Just Three Countries

New data from The Jewish Agency reveals that 70 percent of Olim came from France, Russia, and Ukraine in 2015. What does this mean for immigration to Israel in the long run?

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Trump and the Joys of Hatred

Explaining the nihilist candidate’s brutish appeal

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Sonia Nazario’s Chutzpah Gives a Voice to Latin America’s Voiceless Migrants

Like many Jews, the Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter and author comes from a family that was persecuted and that migrated. She continues to help people fleeing violence and hopelessness.

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