The First Jewish Americans: Freedom and Culture in the New World Review

Since her earliest days, America has represented opportunity and freedom from persecution and tyranny.

The exhibit, The First Jewish Americans: Freedom and Culture in the New World at the New York Historical Society, explores how the first Jews not only settled in early America, but thrived. Containing pictures, religious artifacts, books, press and more, this exhibit tells the story how despite the obstacles before them, the early American Jews created a foothold that not only opened the door to generations of future Jewish immigrants, but for all immigrants looking for the opportunity and security that America represents.

I found the exhibit to be interesting, educational and enlightening. When one thinks of a Jewish immigrant, one thinks of poor immigrants come off the boat at Ellis Island around the early 20th century with the only the clothes on the backs and maybe a bag or two. But the reality is that Jews have been living in America since it’s inception.

Do I recommend it? Yes.

The First Jewish Americans: Freedom and Culture in the New World is at the New York Historical Society until March 12, 2017. The New York Historical Society is at 170 Central Park West in New York City.

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