- “The New Colossus” by poet Emma Lazarus has become synonymous with the promise of America embodied by the Statue of Liberty.
- The Statue of Liberty was a symbol of the promise and paradox of American liberty to anarchist activist Emma Goldman. For immigrants and Holocaust refugees though it was a
symbol of hope.
- In 1909, young female Jewish activists, some wearing banners like this, lobbied for attention to the needs of immigrant workers. A strike by NYC garment workers, known as the Uprising of the 20,000, set off a series of strikes nationwide, bringing the demands of women workers to the national agenda.
- American Jewish cooking reflects both the recipes and traditions that immigrants carried with them as well as adjustments and innovations they have made in America.
- In every era, Jewish immigrants to America have had to reconcile the cultural expectations with which they grew up to the radically different cultural contexts of American life.
- Oral history narratives are one of the best ways to capture the changing meaning of ritual practice in the lives of American Jewish women.
- Visit us to learn more about Jewish women in American history.
- Barbra Streisand's movie Yentl brought together American musical theater, which made Streisand a star, with an imagined Jewish historical (and feminist) past.
- Take some time to learn about and celebrate Jewish American Heritage from people in your own life!
Jewish American Heritage Month
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