Why Don’t American Jews Search for Their Heritage in New York City?
Tourists Now See the Holocaust, Not the Lower East Side, as the Core of the Jewish Experience
While the Jewish heritage industry is booming in many places, it is struggling in New York.
This poses a problem not just for the city but also for those who want to create the broadest and most complete understanding of Jewish heritage.
As the cradle of the Jewish history in America, New York City, and especially the Lower East Side, represents that breadth. Advances in literature, comedy, café life, politics, and labor can all be traced to the Jewish experience here. The city’s popular culture—from Fiddler on the Roof to …