Looking Back


January 23, 2004

100 YEARS AGO Cigarmaker Sam Gold, 24, was in love with Annie Ordover, 20, and asked her to marry him. Annie, however, wasn’t interested and brushed off his advances. On Friday night, when Gold proposed again in the middle of Sixth Street, he was rebuffed a second time. It was then that he pulled out a revolver and began to shoot at…Read More


January 16, 2004

100 YEARS AGO Brooklyn resident Annie Shneur needed money to buy medicine for her four children, all of whom are sick with diphtheria. The recently widowed Shneur was arrested after she walked out of a Brooklyn department store with $25 worth of clothing. Pale and thin, she stood before the judge and admitted that she stole the clothes, but did…Read More


January 9, 2004

• One of the elderly residents of the Minsk home for the Jewish indigent didn’t show up for lunch when called. When his fellow residents went to check on him, they determined that he was no longer among the living and quickly sent his body to the cemetery. Since, according to Jewish law, a corpse cannot be left alone before it is buried, theRead More


January 2, 2004

100 YEARS AGO All of Chicago is in mourning after a massive fire broke out in the Iroquois Theater, killing more than 600 people — mostly women and children — during a matinee performance. A spark from an electrical cord set a chorus girl’s costume on fire, which led to the explosion of some lights, in turn setting the curtain…Read More


December 26, 2003

100 Years Ago The entire Lower East Side is furious about the evil deeds of the nefarious daily Di Yidishe Tageblat. It’s not enough that the Tageblat was against the bakers’ strike; not enough that it could only manage to collect a few cents for Dreyfus; not enough that it sold its soul to corrupt politicians.Read More


December 19, 2003

100 YEARS AGO There’s a battle going on in the Grand Theater. Jacob Adler, president and director of the theater association, announced that he wanted to take a break after 79 straight performances. The theater management was opposed to a stoppage, so they stripped Adler of his titles, knocking his position down to that of plain old…Read More


December 12, 2003

100 YEARS AGO Last month 6,991 Jewish immigrants arrived at Ellis Island. Who are they, and from where did they come? First, 2,950 were men, 1,968 were women and 2,073 were classified as children. The most immigrants, comprising about half of all of them at 3,849, arrived from the Russian Empire. The next largest group, 1,632, came from the…Read More


December 5, 2003

100 YEARS AGO Recently, in the middle of services, a Bund activist tacked up a proclamation poster on the front door of the biggest synagogue in Grodno. The congregants ran outside to see what it was and read every word on the poster with relish. But the gabbai ran to the synagogue’s Shabbes goy and told him to tear it down. OneRead More


November 28, 2003

100 YEARS AGO A couple walked into the offices of the Forward and told the following story: The young couple had fought, and, in the heat of it all, the husband shouted that he wanted a divorce. The wife agreed. So they went to the nearest synagogue, Tiferes Yisroel on Allen Street, to find a rabbi and get a get. When they arrived in the office…Read More


November 21, 2003

100 YEARS AGO A quiet wedding took place this week in a dark cell in the Ludlow Street Jail. There was no rabbi and no chupah. The screeching doors and clanging locks were the only music. It was dark and depressing. The only light came from the shining eyes of the bride, Miss Minnie Benis. Her groom, Morris Tenenboim, is a prisoner at the…Read More


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