Appliances. Electronics. Television sets. New Cars. How corporations marketed to Jewish consumers, and how those new creature comforts divided the community.
When Jews emigrated from Russia, they brought their samovars with them. But while their love of tea endured, their samovars quickly fell out of favor.
Observance has long taken a different shape when the thermometer rises
Jewish summer camps offer kids a unique linguistic landscape
This resolutely modern ceremony held around Shavuot blossomed in America
How mass-produced foods came to fill grocery store shelves before the holiday
How calendars transformed Jewish life in America
How Jewish immigrants learned how to be American citizens
How YMHAs, followed by synagogue-centers, and finally JCCs have tried—in different ways—to balance Judaism and Jewishness, by bringing Jews together in intellectual, spiritual, and physical pursuits
How American homes came to embrace mass-produced Hanukkah decorations
Decades before the rise of Zionism, 19th-century American playwright and diplomat Mordecai Manuel Noah envisioned a refuge for European Jews—on an island near Buffalo
How miniature versions of the Five Books of Moses became a fixture of children’s Simchat Torah celebrations
Once demonized as the community embraced public schools, they eventually came into their own by teaching ‘Judaism and Americanism’ side by side
How Jews discovered the allure of the beach—from Far Rockaway to Tel Aviv
‘Kallah classes’ have long taught women the basics of Jewish marital etiquette, from the mikveh to the kitchen to the birds and the bees
By offering veterans free college educations, the landmark 1944 legislation offered unprecedented upward mobility for many—but not all
On Yom Ha’atzmaut, looking back at Habibi’s Adventures in the Land of Israel, from 1951
How baseball came to loom so large in the American Jewish imagination
How Jewish marriage brokers lost their standing, outside the Orthodox world
The Jewish New Year of the Trees demands little of us, but offers us a chance to connect our roots with good causes, new rituals, and recipes
How Florida became home to Jewish snowbirds
Special synagogue services may be a thing of the past but otherwise observing the holiday helped Jews feel like at one with the turkey-loving nation
How did a holiday that once seemed like a bit of harmless fun turn into a source of conflict for many American Jews?
As it gains popularity as a social event, the meal that ends Yom Kippur can sometimes eclipse the holiday itself—but ultimately, it reinforces our sense of community
A new exhibit at the National Museum of American History looks at the role of religion—including Judaism—in early America
While Bible-themed venues have proved popular with American—mostly Christian—tourists, Israel’s Shtetl Museum had trouble getting off the ground
Mayor De Blasio may be killing Manhattan’s storied neighborhood, once dense with high-rise factories, its sidewalks crowded with garmentos and push boys
Why do upscale kosher restaurants have such a short lifespan? Economics play a part, but so does culture.
In her new book ‘Set in Stone,’ Jenna Weissman Joselit recalls one synagogue’s battle over a stained-glass window