Monthly Archives: September 2015

Tradition (and Individual Talent): How the Stories of the Shtetl became a Broadway Sensation

One of the best-loved musicals of all time returns to Broadway this fall, with fanfare, glossy print advertisements, and plenty of press. When the curtain rises on this new production of Fiddler on the Roof however, that Broadway sparkle will … Read more…

Honoring Adam Purple: a Tenement Staffer Remembers a Community Activist

  I’ll never forget the first time I saw Adam Purple.  His long, white flowing beard moving across his chest rhythmically while he rollerbladed, if my memory is right, up the Williamsburg Bridge.  It was about ten years ago, and … Read more…

In Vogue: a quick history of the Garment Industry and the Lower East Side

September can be the herald of a fresh beginning. For students, September brings the start of a new school year, for Jews, it brings the New Year, and for the sartorially inclined, it brings  a flurry of fresh fashion fodder … Read more…

Singing the Unsung: Ben Shahn and Labor in United States

The Farm Securities Administration isn’t exactly the place you would think to look for art. In 1935, when the Farm Securities Administration was created to provide support for the rural poor, the Administration set out to prove that there was … Read more…

What Should We Remember?

How do you manage the enormity of the past? I grappled with this question while on a fellowship with Germany Close Up and Classrooms Without Borders. Germany contains fairytales and castles alongside nightmares spanning centuries of wars, government, and evolving … Read more…