Looking Back


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


November 14, 2003

100 YEARS AGO• At a Workmen’s Circle benefit at the Grand Theater, a speech in support of socialism was given between acts by a member. During his speech, a good deal of noise was heard backstage. When he finished, the manager of the theater came out and spoke in support of the Yiddishe Tageblat, the reactionary and notoriously corrupt…Read More


November 7, 2003

100 YEARS AGO Just days before the elections, Tammany Hall’s hired thugs came down to the Lower East Side and began to beat up Jews who were attending an open-air meeting of social democrats. This is not the first time that Tammany Hall has sent its toughs to disrupt socialist meetings and beat up the speakers.Read More


October 31, 2003

100 YEARS AGO The uptown reformers are at it again. A group of [Republican Tom] Platt’s hypocrites have come to the Lower East Side to remind us of all the favors they’ve done for the Jews. They want to make sure they’ll be repaid on Election Day. So they opened a little park on Hester Street. How is it that they happened to have an…Read More


October 24, 2003

100 YEARS AGO A report from Orshe, in the Mohilever region of the Russian empire, indicates that a group of about 1,000 young Jews attacked a train full of Jews who had been arrested for defending their towns against pogroms. The attack was unsuccessful, having been fended off by sword-wielding Cossacks, who wounded a large number of Jews.Read More





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