Looking Back


May 20, 2005

100 YEARS AGO Two Jewish youths, 18-year-old Max Dender and 20-year-old Harry Levi, were arrested for consorting with streetwalkers on Manhattan’s Bowery. After the police appeared and arrested the two streetwalkers, Dender and Levi took off running. The two young men ran to a house on 9th Street and began shouting, “Goldberg!Read More


May 13, 2005

100 YEARS AGO Despite the fact that the Russian government is attempting to keep news of this event out of the papers, reports from the city of Zhitomir, about 85 miles from Kiev, indicate that a large-scale pogrom has been taking place over the last five days. Thus far, 16 Jews have been killed and hundreds have been wounded. One importantRead More


May 6, 2005

100 YEARS AGO A scandal has broken out in a block of tenement houses right in the middle of the Jewish quarter on Manhattan’s Lower East Side. Because the police have not yet been notified, names of suspects are not being reported. Apparently the superintendent of one of the tenement houses, a woman, has been running a brothelRead More


April 29, 2005

100 YEARS AGO Because of the current state of unrest throughout Russia, Jews fear that signs are ripening for a wave of pogroms to take place, coinciding with the celebration of Orthodox Easter. Making matters worse, a Christian cleric in Zhitomir has been openly agitating among his Orthodox congregants for an attack on the Jews. In addition,Read More


April 22, 2005

100 YEARS AGO After following three thieves from a store on 14th Street, police uncovered the Allen Street headquarters of an organized shoplifting ring. Upon entering the two-floor dwelling, police arrested Isaac Abramovitch, Sofia Steinberg and Dora Glener, aka Rachel Friedman, and found thousands of dollars’ worth of stolen goods. PoliceRead More


April 15, 2005

100 YEARS AGO• A new decree has been leveled against the Jews of Moscow. Affecting the small number of Jews who had painstakingly obtained the right to live in the city, the new law states that although these Jews have the right to remain there, their children do not. It is obvious that these parents cannot simply send their young children away,Read More


April 8, 2005

100 YEARS AGO Vaudeville theater manager Abraham Levi was brought into court on charges that he threatened to kill his wife, from whom he has been separated for a year. Mrs. Levi, a magician, showed up in court covered with diamond jewelry, causing a stir among the lawyers and clerks, who couldn’t take their eyes off her. The lawyer for theRead More


April 1, 2005

100 YEARS AGO Sixteen-year-old Jacob Goldstein was sent upstate to New York’s Elmira Reformatory after he was convicted of kiting checks. Goldstein, who worked as a bookkeeper for the Hacker Luncheon Company, was able to keep the swindle a secret and managed to pilfer more than $5,000 from company accounts. In his defense, he told the judgeRead More


March 25, 2005

100 YEARS AGO “Victory!!” screams the Forward’s front page. “Bravo, Hurrah, Cap Makers! Cheers to the entire Jewish quarter, which helped win this amazing battle! Hurrah to all the unions!” It’s a huge holiday for the Cap Makers, for all unions, for the Jewish quarter and for the entire American labor movement. At thisRead More


March 18, 2005

100 YEARS AGO One of the worst tragedies ever to strike Manhattan’s Lower East Side occurred yesterday at the corner of Allen and Delancey Streets. The heartbreaking wail of mothers looking for their children and of children searching for their parents mixed with tears, blood, fear and death as 20 bodies lay waiting to be identifiedRead More





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