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History Highlights

Rabbi Meir Goldberg

This week, we turn the clock back 100 years and visits Manhattan’s Lower East Side, in New York City, where some of our grandparents and great-grandparents lived.

Tuesday, September 01, 2015

Before the 1880s, not many Jews lived in the US. Many of the world’s Jews lived in Poland and Russia, where life was very difficult. It was hard to earn enough money to feed a family. The non-Jews would attack Jews and burn down their homes. These attacks were called pogroms. Jews started to leave Europe and come to America, which they called the goldeneh medineh, Yiddish for the “golden land.” This was because America is a free country where people can live without being attacked for being Jewish. Many Jews moved to the Lower East Side of Manhattan as soon as they arrived, because apartment rent was cheap. 


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