Ep. 177: Jewish name changes and the real story about Ellis Island
Immigration to the modern Jewish state has often been chaotic at best. But the insistence that nefarious motives guided its placement work with refugees is unsupported by archival evidence.
Rokhl’s Golden City: In America, even a Jew can be a Cossack
Indignant solidarity for my fellow golf-club workers
In an excerpt from Ayelet Tsabari’s memoir, ‘The Art of Leaving,’ how a Yemeni grandmother found freedom in Israel, but failed to pass on the immigrant’s new rootedness to her daughters
How the Caribbean became a stopping point for the American journey of so many Jews
Taking a cue from this week’s Torah portion, HIAS spearheads a national conversation about asylum-seekers
Why I spent Tisha B’Av service at the OccupyICE tent in Portland
Letters to and from the early-20th-century immigration service that sent thousands of Jews to America’s heartland
As the Holocaust raged, the American president secretly asked his government to study the possible resettlement of remaining European refugees in Africa and South America. His goal: for Jews to be ‘spread thin all over the world.’
Three young Canadian artists with a political bent look at Jewish refugee history in ‘Old Stock’
Switzerland, too, is toughening its stance on Eritreans—and no one is calling it a Gestapo state
Why has the musical been beloved in Japan for 50 years?
Tablet Original Fiction: ‘On either side of the street rose apartment buildings, thrumming with life and larceny. There it was, my immigrant childhood.’
The Tenement Museum’s new exhibit focuses on families who came to the Lower East Side relatively recently
An effort is underway to save old buildings crumbling into dust
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
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
Episode 95: Jamie Kirchick on the end of Europe and Muslim comedian Negin Farsad on making jokes in the Trump era
Shavuot offers an important lesson for politics today.
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
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