Our Promised Lands


I Survived Teaching Jewish Studies in North Carolina

By Jarrod Tanny

What’s it like to teach Jewish history in Wilmington, North Carolina, a sweltering Bible Belt town? Jarrod Tanny offers a few unexpected vignettes from a clash of cultures.Read More


Of Howard Cosell, Cecil De Mille and 10 Other Jewish Facts About North Carolina

By Forward Staff

Ever since a Jewish metallurgist set foot in North Carolina in 1585, the Tar Heel state has been home to a diverse community. And it’s got the annual Kosher Barbecue Competition.Read More


Madeleine Kunin Never Felt Anti-Semitism in Vermont — but Switzerland Was Different Story

By Madeleine May Kunin

When Madeleine Kunin was elected the first female governor of Vermont, few cared she was Jewish. It wasn’t so simple when she became ambassador to Switzerland.Read More


What Was a Nice Jewish Girl Like Her Doing in a Church Like This?

By Jennifer Gilmore

Growing up among Catholic friends in Maryland, Jennifer Gilmore wanted to be part of that community. But even after receiving communion, she still felt like an outsider.Read More


Of Ben and Jerry's, Maple Syrup, Bernie Sanders and 8 Other Things About Jewish Vermont

By Forward Staff

From one of America’s most beloved ice cream brands to a ‘lost shul,’ the Green Mountain State has more Jewish influences that one might think — including maple syrup.Read More


Of Goldie Hawn, Barry Levinson, Leon Uris and 10 Other Things About Jewish Maryland

By Forward Staff

Ever since the first Jewish resident settled in Maryland in 1656, the state has been home to a dizzying array of famous Jews.Read More


Let’s Talk Hasidic in Hawaiian

By Lisa Alcalay Klug

No one knows exactly how many Jews live in Hawaii. But those who do live there have worked hard to create their own version of paradise on earth.Read More


Rhode Island's Best Spot to Find a Decent Corned Beef Sandwich May Be Doomed

By Philip Eil

Davis Dairy Products is Rhode Island’s only remaining kosher grocery. Is the dwindling of the state’s delis a bellwether for the decline of the community as a whole?Read More


Viva Las (Oscar) Goodman

By Sarah Feldberg

Oscar Goodman’s a mob lawyer who defended Meyer Lansky and went on to win two terms as Las Vegas mayor. What better guy to be Sin City’s spokesman?Read More


The Amazing Man Who Watched Jewish History Unfold in Maryland

By Laura Moser

His home was the first in Baltimore to have gas lights. He fought in the War of 1812 and got Maryland to pass a ‘Jew Bill.’ Laura Moser revisits the life of Mendes Cohen.Read More


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