Understanding Harlem The Ghetto Starts With The First Jewish One, Says Author

harlem and jewish ghettosThis year marks the 500th anniversary of the opening of the Venetian Ghetto, where the city’s Jews were forced to live for nearly 300 years. Continue Reading →

Morrie “Mr. Cheez Doodles” Yohai, Harlem NY 1920 – 2010

Morrie Robert YohaiMorrie Robert Yohai, (pronounced yo-high), March 4, 1920 – July 27, 2010, was an American food company executive best known for his creation of Cheez Doodles, a cylindrical baked cornmeal puff most often with a cheddar cheese flavor. Continue Reading →

Black Jews, The Commandment Keepers In Harlem, 1910

black jews in harlemBlack Jews started forming Harlem congregations in the 1910s, based on the conviction that Africans were descended from ancient Hebrews and that Christianity was a religion imposed on them during enslavement in America. Continue Reading →

The ‘Jews Of Washington Heights’ At Mayles Cinema In Harlem

german jews in wasington heightsBetween 1933 and 1941 thousands of Jews fled Nazi Germany and Austria for America. Leaving behind brothers, sisters and parents, more than 20,000 of them came together in Washington Heights in New York City. Continue Reading →

Apartment Building Planned To Replace Harlem Church

harlem-baptist-temple-church befo afterNew York Yimby reports that when a New York City church can’t afford to repair its own building, it’s only a matter of time until it ends up in the hands of real estate developers. Continue Reading →

Harlem’s Jessie Sampter, Educator, A Poet, And A Zionist Pioneer

Jessie Sampter1Jessie Sampter was an influential Zionist educator, a poet, and a Zionist pioneer influenced by Hadassah founder Henrietta Szold, Josephine Lazarus, Mary Antin,Mordecai Kaplan, Unitarian minister Rev. Merle St. Croix Wright and others to become an ardent advocate of Judaism and Zionism born March 22, 1883 in Harlem, New York. Continue Reading →

On Jerusalem Walls, Artist Memorializes Hebrew Israelite Rabbi From Harlem

Rabbi Mordecai HermanWhen Rabbi Mordecai Herman would visit the Lower East Side of the 1920s, then teeming with Jewish immigrants from Europe, he cut an intriguing figure. Continue Reading →

HW Pick: New York Yiddish Theater: From Bowery To Broadway

Yiddish_Theater_hero1From the late 19th to the mid- 20th century, a thriving Yiddish theater culture blossomed on Manhattan’s Lower East Side and in Harlem (from Milton Berle to George and Ira Gershwin), entertaining over 1.5 million first and second generation Eastern-European Jewish immigrants. Continue Reading →

Harlem’s Moses Reicherson, One On The Finest Linguist In The World 1827–1903

moses reichersonMoses Reicherson, 1827–1903, Hebrew author and grammarian. Reicherson was born in Vilna where he earned his living as a part-time teacher of Hebrew and as a proofreader and editor for publishing houses. Continue Reading →

Henry Roth Harlem New York 1914 – 1927

harlems henry rothHenry Roth (February 8, 1906 – October 13, 1995) was an American novelist and short story writer living in a mostly Irish area of Harlem, New York, 1914 – 1927. Continue Reading →