The Jewish Daily Forward: Embracing an Immigrant Community
The Jewish Daily Forward, founded in 1897 and still publishing today in English and Yiddish, once boasted a readership larger than that of the New York Times. The Jewish Daily Forward: Embracing an Immigrant Community looks at the newspaper as a window into life in New York City—particularly during the heyday of Jewish immigrant life in the first half of the 20th century. The exhibition, which opens on the 110th anniversary of the Forward’s first issue, features photographs and artifacts that document the concerns of these New Yorkers and the way in which the Forward helped to shape and reflect them. It coincides with the publication of A Living Lens: Photographs of Jewish Life from the Pages of the Forward (W.W. Norton, 2007).
The exhibition was developed in cooperation with the archives of the Jewish Daily Forward and is made possible by Dr. Jacqueline Heller in honor of her late father Joseph Heller; Davidson Kempner Advisors Inc.; The Jesselson Family; The David Berg Foundation; The Forward Association; Robin and Danny Greenspun; Joseph and Diane Steinberg Family Fund; Charles and Mildred Schnurmacher Foundation; Eden Family in honor of Sham and Nachum Eden; Israel Discount Bank New York; Lemberg Foundation, Inc.; Susan Zises Green Charitable Trust; Alan B. Slifka Foundation; Bernard and Toby Nussbaum Foundation; Barbaralee Diamonstein-Spielvogel and Carl Spielvogel; Ruth and David Levine; Alan and Elaine Weiler; The Garth Group Inc.; Koppelman Family Foundation; Barbara and Seymour Leslie; Stanley and Beverley Newhouse; Elaine G. Weitzen; and others.
Featured image: The first issue of the Jewish Daily Forward published April 22, 1897. Courtesy of the Jewish Daily Forward Archives.
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