Tuesday, June 4 at 8:00 p.m.
In 1654, 23 Jews arrived in New Amsterdam, then a Dutch-owned colony that later became New York. Forced to flee to this new land, this small group found themselves in a place where there was no Jewish community.
Though not an auspicious beginning, it was a foundation upon which the new immigrants could build. Through the intervening centuries, Jewish immigrants followed suit and traveled to American shores. Most were impoverished and came for economic reasons, while some fled to escape persecution. Balancing a newfound identity as Americans while holding onto Jewish traditions had its own challenges. It created difficult choices, especially for observant Jews.
THE JEWISH AMERICANS tells the story of the opportunities, freedoms and prosperity that Jews have found in America from the first settlement in the 17th century to the present
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Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg describes the way Jews were treated in the early 1800s and why the “Jew Bill” made a difference. See the clip.
Current editor of the Forward J. J. Goldberg, “Dear Abby” columnist Jeanne Phillips, and historian Deborah Dash Moore capture the influential reach of Abraham Cahan’s ‘Bintel Brief.’ See the clip.
Historian Arthur Goren describes how Jewish Americans had deeply held beliefs about fair labor laws and how they overwhelmingly supported Franklin Delano Roosevelt. See the clip.
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