The 21st century is filled with technological marvels. But nearly a century ago, another magical gizmo was the flavor of the month. Jenna Weissman Joselit remembers the delights promised by the steropticon.
“Isaac Mizrahi: An Unruly History” at the Jewish Museum is affable and awash in color. But when it comes to the subject of Jewishness, the exhibit is a study in missed opportunities.
In the early 20th Century, America embraced golf, but country clubs didn’t necessarily embrace Jews. By the mid-1920’s, there were nearly 60 Jewish country clubs in this country.
In 1949, Isaac Rosenfeld wrote in Commentary about kosher bacon and all hell broke loose in the Jewish community. Today, not so much. Jenna Weissman Joselit deconstructs what’s changed in those intervening decades.
Once upon a time, a conference was a novelty, a big deal. Particularly back in 1855 when Rabbi Isaac Mayer Wise issued a call for a national conference of Jewish leaders in Cleveland.
It’s been a while since we heard about Rabbi David Small, the star of the late Harry Kemelman’s mystery series. But our columnist thinks he still has a lot to say about the endurance of the Jewish people.
Manhattan’s Lower East Side of yesteryear conjures up images of inhospitable streets filled with immigrants. But some allowed these new immigrants to feel at home in their New World. Among the most notable do-gooders were Alice and Irene Lewisohn.
Eco-Judaism is all the rage in the Jewish community these days, but it’s not the first time. Jenna Weissman Joselit looks back at the early 20th century and Jewish farms of wonder.
These days, American Jews can vacation wherever they want, but it wasn’t so long ago that that wasn’t the case. Jenna Weissman Joselit looks back on the days of “restricted clientele” and the “Jewish Vacation Guide.”
Weeks after the Confederate flag was taken down in South Carolina, Jenna Weissman Joselit explores whether there are any comparable moments - politically, socially or emotionally - in modern American Jewish history.