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For more than a century, the Lower East Side of New York City has been recognized and scrutinized as the largest and most vibrant immigrant Jewish neighborhood in America. In recent years a spate of art works, performances, and tourist productions have fostered increased interest in the neighborhood. This lively book explores the dynamics of Lower East Side memory and considers the changing ways that this unique neighborhood has been embraced by American Jews over the course of a century. Part 1, "The Dynamics of Remembrance," investigates multiple facets of life on the Lower East Side and considers the emerging repertoire of memory that took shape around the neighborhood. Themes include the naming of the Lower East Side, a century of photography of the neighborhood, and the colorful histories of synagogues and schools, restaurants and cabarets. Part 2, "Contemporary Recollections," examines the recent upsurge of interest in the Lower East Side as a site of Jewish heritage and cultural innovation. Topics include the creation of the Tenement Museum, walking tours of the neighborhood and visits to popular "period" restaurants, the experience of a documentary filmmaker, and the performance of memory in a refurbished synagogue. A generous selection of photographs enhances the book's wide-ranging insights into how the Lower East Side became a touchstone of Jewish identity and history.

Contributors include Stephan Brumberg, Hasia R. Diner, Joseph Dorman, Paula Hyman, Eve Jochnowitz, Seth Kamil, David Kaufman, Jack Kugelmass, David Lobenstine, Mario Maffi, Deborah Dash Moore, Riv-Ellen Prell, Moses Rischin, Jeffrey Shandler, Suzanne Wasserman, Aviva Weintraub, and Beth S. Wenger.

Synopsis:

For more than a century, the Lower East Side of New York City has beenrecognized and scrutinized as the largest and most vibrant immigrant Jewishneighborhood in America. In recent years a spate of art works, performances, andtourist productions have fostered increased interest in the neighborhood. Thislively book explores the dynamics of Lower East Side memory and considers thechanging ways that this unique neighborhood has been embraced by American Jews overthe course of a century. Part 1, The Dynamics of Remembrance, investigatesmultiple facets of life on the Lower East Side and considers the emerging repertoireof memory that took shape around the neighborhood. Themes include the naming of theLower East Side, a century of photography of the neighborhood, and the colorfulhistories of synagogues and schools, restaurants and cabarets. Part 2, ContemporaryRecollections, examines the recent upsurge of interest in the Lower East Side as asite of Jewish heritage and cultural innovation. Topics include the creation of theTenement Museum, walking tours of the neighborhood and visits to popular periodrestaurants, the experience of a documentary filmmaker, and the performance ofmemory in a refurbished synagogue. A generous selection of photographs enhances thebook's wide-ranging insights into how the Lower East Side became a touchstone ofJewish identity and history.

Contributors include StephanBrumberg, Hasia R. Diner, Joseph Dorman, Paula Hyman, Eve Jochnowitz, Seth Kamil, David Kaufman, Jack Kugelmass, David Lobenstine, Mario Maffi, Deborah Dash Moore, Riv-Ellen Prell, Moses Rischin, Jeffrey Shandler, Suzanne Wasserman, AvivaWeintraub, and Beth S. Wenger.

About the Author

Hasia R. Diner is Paul and Sylvia Steinberg Professor of American Jewish History at New York University.

Jeffrey Shandler is a Dorot Teaching Fellow in the Skirball Department of Hebrew and Judaic Studies at New York University.

Beth S. Wenger is Assistant Professor of History and Katz Family Chair in American Jewish History at the University of Pennsylvania.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments

Introduction — Remembering the Lower East Side: A Conversation Hasia R. Diner, Jeffrey Shandler, and Beth S. Wenger

Part 1. The Dynamics of Remembrance

1. On the Onomastics of the Lower East Side, or How the Lower East Side Got Its Name Moses Rischin

2. Photographing the Lower East Side: A Century's Work Deborah Dash Moore and David Lobenstine

3. Beyond Place and Ethnicity: The Uses of the Triangle Shirtwaist Fire Paula Hyman

4. The Ghetto Girl and the Erasure of Memory Riv-Ellen Prell

5. Constructions of Memory: The Synagogues of the Lower East Side David Kaufman

6. The One-Way Window: Public Schools on the Lower East Side Stephan Brumberg

7. Recreating Recreations on the Jewish Lower East Side: Restaurants, Cabarets, Cafes and Coffeehouses in the 1930s Suzanne Wasserman

Part 2. Contemporary Recollections

8. Turfing the Slum: New York City's Tenement Museum and the Poltics of Heritage Jack Kugelmass

9. "Send a salami to your boy in the army": Sites of Jewish Memory and Identity at Lower East Side Restaurants Eve Jochnowitz

10. Tripping down Memory Lane: Walking Tours on the Jewish Lower East Side Seth Kamil

11. The Lower East Side in the Memory of New York Jewish Intellectuals: A Filmmaker's Experience Joseph Dorman

12. Performing Memory: "The Matzoh Factory" on the Lower East Side Aviva Weintraub

13. Translating Abraham Cahan, Teaching the Lower East Side: A View from Italy Mario Maffi

Contributors

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780253337887
Editor:
Diner, Hasia R.
Editor:
Shandler, Jeffrey
Editor:
Wenger, Beth S.
Editor:
Diner, Hasia R.
Editor:
Shandler, Jeffrey
Author:
Wenger, Beth S.
Author:
Diner, Hasia R.
Author:
Shandler, Jeffrey
Editor:
Wenger, Beth S.
Publisher:
Indiana University Press
Location:
Bloomington, IN
Subject:
Jewish
Subject:
Jews
Subject:
United States - State & Local
Subject:
Ethnic relations
Subject:
New York
Subject:
Lower East Side
Subject:
United States - State & Local - General
Subject:
Jewish - General
Subject:
New York (N.Y.) Social conditions.
Subject:
New York (N.Y.) Ethnic relations.
Subject:
Religion Western-Jewish History
Subject:
Judaism - General
Subject:
American Studies; Art and Architecture; Culture; Ethnic; History; History Jewish Studies; Jewish Studies; Twentieth Century or Later
Edition Description:
Hardcover
Series:
Modern Jewish Experience
Series Volume:
IMS-5
Publication Date:
20001231
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
65 bandw photos, 5 figures, 1 index
Pages:
314
Dimensions:
9.3 x 6.33 x 0.98 in

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"Synopsis" by , For more than a century, the Lower East Side of New York City has beenrecognized and scrutinized as the largest and most vibrant immigrant Jewishneighborhood in America. In recent years a spate of art works, performances, andtourist productions have fostered increased interest in the neighborhood. Thislively book explores the dynamics of Lower East Side memory and considers thechanging ways that this unique neighborhood has been embraced by American Jews overthe course of a century. Part 1, The Dynamics of Remembrance, investigatesmultiple facets of life on the Lower East Side and considers the emerging repertoireof memory that took shape around the neighborhood. Themes include the naming of theLower East Side, a century of photography of the neighborhood, and the colorfulhistories of synagogues and schools, restaurants and cabarets. Part 2, ContemporaryRecollections, examines the recent upsurge of interest in the Lower East Side as asite of Jewish heritage and cultural innovation. Topics include the creation of theTenement Museum, walking tours of the neighborhood and visits to popular periodrestaurants, the experience of a documentary filmmaker, and the performance ofmemory in a refurbished synagogue. A generous selection of photographs enhances thebook's wide-ranging insights into how the Lower East Side became a touchstone ofJewish identity and history.

Contributors include StephanBrumberg, Hasia R. Diner, Joseph Dorman, Paula Hyman, Eve Jochnowitz, Seth Kamil, David Kaufman, Jack Kugelmass, David Lobenstine, Mario Maffi, Deborah Dash Moore, Riv-Ellen Prell, Moses Rischin, Jeffrey Shandler, Suzanne Wasserman, AvivaWeintraub, and Beth S. Wenger.

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