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Remembering the Lower East Side : American Jewish Reflections - Hasia R. Diner

Remembering the Lower East Side

American Jewish Reflections

By: Hasia R. Diner (Editor), Jeffrey Shandler (Editor), Beth S. Wenger (Editor)

Hardcover Published: 22nd December 2000
ISBN: 9780253337887
Number Of Pages: 314
For Ages: 22+ years old

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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.

Introduction: Remembering the Lower East Side - A Conversationp. 1
The Dynamics of Remembrance
Toward the Onomastics of the Great New York Ghetto: How the Lower East Side Got Its Namep. 13
Photographing the Lower East Side: A Century's Workp. 28
Beyond Place and Ethnicity: The Uses of the Triangle Shirtwaist Firep. 70
The Ghetto Girl and the Erasure of Memoryp. 86
Constructions of Memory: The Synagogues of the Lower East Sidep. 113
The One-Way Window: Public Schools on the Lower East Side in the Early Twentieth Centuryp. 137
Re-creating Recreations on the Lower East Side: Restaurants, Cabarets, Cafes, and Coffeehouses in the 1930sp. 155
Contemporary Recollections
Turfing the Slum: New York City's Tenement Museum and the Politics of Heritagep. 179
"Send a Salami to Your Boy in the Army": Sites of Jewish Memory and Identity at Lower East Side Restaurantsp. 212
Tripping down Memory Lane: Walking Tours on the Jewish Lower East Sidep. 226
The Lower East Side in the Memory of New York Jewish Intellectuals: A Filmmaker's Experiencep. 241
Performing Memory: "The Matzoh Factory" on the Lower East Sidep. 257
Translating Abraham Cahan, Teaching the Lower East Side: A View from Italyp. 269
Contributorsp. 281
Indexp. 285
Table of Contents provided by Blackwell. All Rights Reserved.

ISBN: 9780253337887
ISBN-10: 0253337887
Series: Modern Jewish Experience
Audience: General
For Ages: 22+ years old
For Grades: 17+
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 314
Published: 22nd December 2000
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.62 x 16.08  x 2.49
Weight (kg): 0.62

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