George S.Blumenthal tells the story of his father’s immigration and integration into American society.
American Jewish History
Jews arrived in the United States during colonial times and currently comprise about 2% of the American population, 6.5 million. They have contributed greatly to the economy and society of the United States and are an integral part of the fabric of American society. Primary Sources George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln and Haman Secondary […]
Still standing in Newport, Rhode Island, Touro Synagogue is a symbol of the religious freedom of the New World. The oldest American synagogue stands testament to a Jewish community which flourished in Rhode Island. This was the synagogue in which George Washington made his famous statement about freedom, which later served as a cornerstone of […]
American Presidents and Haman References to this ageless story of God’s divine intervention against evil have been made on several occasions by early American presidents. On December 17, 1778 (then General) George Washington wrote to Joseph Reed, newly-elected President of Pennsylvania: “I would to God that one of the most atrocious of each State […]
Returning and Redemption Elaine Winik has been elected president of the United Jewish Appeal of Greater New York, the first woman to hold the position since the philanthropic organization was founded in the grim days of Nazi persecution in 1938. She succeeds Stephen Shalom, who held the presidency for three years. In her capacity as […]
The man whose name is synonymous with “genius,” but whose real interest was the unknowable. By Matthue Roth In 1921, Albert Einstein presented a paper on his then-infant Theory of Relativity at the Sorbonne, the prestigious French university. “If I am proved correct,” he said, “the Germans will call me a German, the Swiss will […]