By Hasia R. Diner

On September 19, 1934, Hank Greenberg--a strong hitter who led the yank League in domestic runs 4 times--refused to play for his workforce, the Detroit Tigers. as an alternative he selected to watch the Jewish vacation Yom Kippur. On that day he placed his identification as a Jew over the main American recreation, and the Tigers' enthusiasts rallied in the back of his selection. This tale is a wonderful instance of how the United States has embraced Judaism, besides a few different religions, as a tremendous point in our varied non secular makeup. A chronicle of Jewish existence within the United States--from the coming of 23 Jews within the New international in 1654, during the centuries of spiritual intolerance and social injustice, and directly to the separation of yankee Jewry into Orthodox and Reform movements--Jews in the United States reconstructs the multifaceted historical past and extremely American diversifications of this non secular team. Hasia Diner provides interesting information about Jewish non secular traditions, vacation trips and sacred texts: bar mitzvahs and seder dinners, Yom Kippur and Rosh Hashana, the Talmud and the Torah. furthermore, she relates the background of Jewish spiritual, political, and highbrow associations within the usa, from The day-by-day ahead newspaper and the synagogues in New York's decrease East facet to the Jewish protection League and the Holocaust Museum in Washington. The ebook tackles the most important matters dealing with Jewish american citizens at the present time, together with their more and more advanced courting with Israel.

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These prosperous Jews felt some responbility toward the newly arrived immigrants—and also a bit of embarrassment at the arrival of so many poor, Yiddish-speaking Jews from eastern Europe. The wealthy American Jews wanted to ease the poverty of the new immigrants and help them adjust to the United States. In 1893 a group of Jewish philanthropists created the Educational Alliance on New York’s Lower East 62 Transplanted People: 1880–1924 • Side. For children, the Educational Alliance provided religious education; for adults it offered classes in practical skills such as stenography, typewriting, and bookkeeping.

Many of them continued to sell directly to the farmers while their wives and children tended the stores. Jewish women from central Europe had grown up in a tradition in which wives and daughters worked. In both Europe and the United States Jews made a living—just barely—in small businesses that required everybody’s labor. ” But sometimes women made the important decisions, and many of them had their own businesses, independent of their husbands. Some Jewish women, often widows, ran boardinghouses for the peddlers and other single immigrant men who needed a place to stay.

To bring over other family members. The majority of them went to work in garment factories. Most of the others opened small shops. Many who started out as factory workers later opened stores and became selfemployed, although on a small scale. 55 • Jews in America Image Not Available A quarter of the Jewish immigrants, however, were younger than 16 or older than 45. The Jewish immigration included young children and older people because whole Jewish communities uprooted themselves and transplanted themselves to the United States.

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