Our Promised Lands

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

Why Wisconsin Was a Great State To Grow Up Jewish

By Jack Nusan Porter

Jack Nusan Porter arrived in America in 1946 as a baby son of poor immigrants. In Wisconsin, he found prosperity, tolerance — and a great state to grow up Jewish.Read More

Why Wisconsin Was a Terrible State To Grow Up Jewish

By Joshua Furst

Growing up in close-minded rural Wisconsin, Joshua Furst learned to mark himself as an outsider. He’s glad the cheeseheads are in his rear-view mirror.Read More

When Jewish Colonists Prospected for Utopia in Colorado

By Adam Rovner

Cotopaxi, Colorado, was once a windswept mountain colony dotted with tar paper shacks. This is what happened to it and its Russian Jewish pioneers.Read More

Resisting Christmas in North Dakota

By Sally Koslow

Growing up in North Dakota, Sally Koslow found Christmas just couldn’t be avoided. That changed when she moved to the Jewiest place in the country: New York City.Read More

How an Okie Named Woody Guthrie Became Our Best Hanukkah Tunesmith

By Thomas Conner

An unlikely person is the mastermind behind several beloved Hanukkah songs: folk music icon Woody Guthrie, who was born and raised in Oklahoma.Read More

The Small Florida Town That Could Have Been a Jewish Utopia

By Brian Zimmerman

Micanopy is a tiny town with a few restaurants and a lot of antique shops. Back in the 19th century, a man named Moses Levy tried to create a Jewish refuge there.Read More

She's Living in Her Own Private (Jewish) Idaho

By Judy Sobeloff

When Judy Sobeloff and her family moved to Idaho, friends made obvious jokes about neo-Nazis. But the Potato State turned out to be a surprisingly welcoming place for Jews.Read More

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