New Americans Project

Reconnecting with my heritage

This post is part of the JCPA’s “Celebrating New Americans” project as part of Jewish American Heritage Month. By Leah Cooper. My work strives to reconnect with my heritage and family. In the melting pot that is America, most people lose sight of these connections to their original culture. I found myself falling into this
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My Father’s Best Story, My Father’s Secret

By Harriet Gold Maizels. This post is part of the JCPA’s “Celebrating New Americans” project as part of Jewish American Heritage Month. I remember that my Grandfather Felix was a stern and frightening man.
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The eternal wandering family.

This post is part of the JCPA’s “Celebrating New Americans” project as part of Jewish American Heritage Month.  My maternal family was the eternal “Wandering Jews”. They left Romania with three children in tow, in the dead of night, when their Christian police chief friend, warned them of a coming pogrom. At the turn of
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Isn’t life wonderful?

My father, Herbert Levy, was born in Nuremberg Germany on March 5, 1919. Unusual for Jews, he was not given a middle name. His family was upper-middle class. His grandfather invented a pen that could write in various colors depending upon which button is pressed. He had one sister, Hilde, born seven years before him.
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My Russian Cousins

This post is part of the JCPA’s “Celebrating New Americans” as part of Jewish American Heritage Month. Our Russian relatives arrived in NYC in the early 1990’s. Our families had been apart for almost a century. They brought their American cousins a reminder of how to live life with optimism and gratitude. By Susan Jensen
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Martha Levenbach Rosenberg “A Woman of Valor – Eshet Chayil” embodying the virtues of courage and strength.

This post is part of the JCPA’s “Celebrating New Americans” as part of Jewish American Heritage Month. Born in Bornheim, Germany in 1914 to Leo and Anna Levenbach, my mother was the third of four children.  Her father, observing the rise of Nazism, encouraged her to leave Germany, as had her two older siblings, Walter
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My Father’s Story

This post is part of of the JCPA’s project “Celebrating New Americans” a part of Jewish American Heritage Month. By Susan W. Turnbull, JCPA Chair. It was just a few months before his 18th birthday that Sol Josef Wolf arrived at New York Harbor.  The moment he stepped down the gangplank and entered the United
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A Family Lost……A Family Found

This post is part of the JCPA’s project “Celebrating New Americans” as part of Jewish American Heritage Month. This is a story of a family lost, and a family found. A story of two little girls whose lives  were stolen, and two little girls who found a new life. A story of a father who lost
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Celebrating the Rich Legacy of My Great-Grandfather, Mr. Aaron Burdwise

This post is part of the JCPA’s project “Celebrating New Americans” as part of Jewish American Heritage Month. I am the proud Great-Granddaughter of Mr. Aaron Burdwise; a Baltimore based musical merchandise importer, inventor, composer and entrepreneur who came to America from Uman, Ukraine in 1904. For many years, my family and I searched for
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Sol Epstein: A Man of His Times

This post is part of the JCPA’s project “Celebrating New Americans” as part of Jewish American Heritage Month. Sol and his family immigrated to America from Vilnius in 1903 in the steerage of a ship. They settled in Manhattan tenements just off Delancey Street, an area filled with Jewish and Italian immigrants and before long,
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