Lewis Hine (1874-1940)
Waiting for the 'Forwards' - Jewish paper at 1 A.M. New York, March 1913

This Woman's Place is in the House -The House of Representatives! Bella Abzug for Congress, between 1971 and 1976 Offset lithograph poster Yanker Poster Collection Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress (166)

Film Program

The film series that accompanies this exhibition will be screened in the Mary Pickford Theater, James Madison Building. The series examines themes explored in this exhibition through the lens of film and television. Films are free and open to the public but require an advance registration. For reservations and more information call (202) 707-5677 or check www.loc.gov/pickford.

Monday, September 13, 2004 (7:00 pm)

THE SIMPSONS: LIKE FATHER, LIKE CLOWN (Fox, 1991). Director Jeffrey Lynch. (22 min, video).
THE JAZZ SINGER (Warner Bros., 1927). Director Alan Crosland. With Al Jolson, May McAvoy, Warner Oland, Eugenie Besserer. (88 min, 16mm).

Monday, September 20, 2004 (7:00 pm)

HESTER STREET (Midwest Films, 1975). Director Joan Micklin Silver. With Carol Kane, Steven Keats, Mel Howard. (90 min, 35mm).

Wednesday, September 22, 2004 (7:00 pm)

MARJORIE MORNINGSTAR (Warner Bros., 1958). Director Irving Rapper. With Gene Kelly, Natalie Wood, Claire Trevor, Everett Sloane, Martin Milner. (128 min, 35mm).

Monday, September 27, 2004 (7:00 pm)

THE YOUNGER GENERATION (Columbia, 1929). Director Frank Capra. With Jean Hersholt, Lina Basquette, Ricardo Cortez. (75 min, 35mm). Introduced by Bernard D. Cooperman, Louis L. Kaplan Chair of Jewish History at the University of Maryland.

Wednesday, September 29, 2004 (7:00 pm)

GREEN FIELDS (Collective Film Producers, 1937). Director Edgar G. Ulmer. With Michael Goldstein, Izidor Cashier, Anna Appel. (in Yiddish with English subtitles, 35mm, 102 min).

Monday, October 4, 2004 (7:00 pm)

BRIDGET LOVES BERNIE: PILOT (CBS, 1972). (25 min, 16mm).
AMERICAN MATCHMAKER (Fame-Pictures, 1940). Director Edgar G. Ulmer. With Leo Fuchs, Judith Abarbanel, Judel Dubinsky. (in Yiddish with English subtitles, 16mm, 87 min).

Wednesday, October 6, 2004 (7:00 pm)

LIBERTY HEIGHTS (Warner Bros., 1999). Director Barry Levinson. With Adrien Brody, Ben Foster, Orlando Jones, Bebe Neuwirth. (127 min, 35mm).

Wednesday, October 13, 2004 (7:00 pm)

THE LIFE AND TIMES OF HANK GREENBERG (Ciesla Foundation, 1998). Director Aviva Kempner. (90 min, 35mm). Introduced by Aviva Kempner.

Wednesday, December 15, 2004 (7:00 pm)

SONS OF LIBERTY (Warner Bros., 1939). Director Michael Curtiz. With Claude Rains, Gale Sondergaard, Donald Crisp. (20 min, 35mm).
GENTLEMAN’S AGREEMENT (Fox, 1947). Director Elia Kazan. With Gregory Peck, Dorothy McGuire, John Garfield, Celeste Holm. (118 min, 16mm). Introduced by Jerome Chanes, adjunct professor at Yeshiva University and author of A Dark Side of History: Anti-Semitism through the Ages and the forthcoming Anti-Semitism: A Reference Guide.

The State of Jewish Learning in America: A Colloquium Marking the 350th Anniversary of Jewish Settlement in America


Thomas Jefferson Building
Room LJ 119
Tuesday, November 9, 2004

This event is free and open to the public.

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Jewish Cultural Creativity in Twentieth-Century America

November 16, 2004
LJ 119, Thomas Jefferson Building
Library of Congress

Co-sponsored by the Library of Congress and the Meyerhoff Center for Jewish Studies, University of Maryland

This program is free and open to the public.

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Whitthall Pavilion, Ground Floor of the Jefferson Building. These events are free and open to the public. No reservations are necessary. Request ADA Accommodations five days in advance at (202) 707-6362 or [email protected]

November 30, 2004 (12:30 - 1:30)

"Yiddish Artists in Early 20th-Century New York: Yiddish-Speaking Artists and Political Radicals." by Lauren Strauss (Independent Scholar), LJ 119

This talk offers an analysis of the political and cultural activities of Yiddish-speaking fine artists in New York during the early decades of the twentieth century. From the turn of the century through the 1930s, Jewish artists were not only linked to progressive causes by personal conviction and social status, but they also produced widely recognized artworks in response to such issues as the labor movement, the trials of Sacco and Vanzetti and the Scottsboro Boys, and the Spanish Civil War. In the process, the artists themselves became a bridge between English- and Yiddish-speaking communities, and a beacon for others hoping to effect social change in America.

Wednesday, December 8, 2004 (12:30-1:30)

Lee Shai Weissbach of the University of Louisville will present a lecture, "Jewish Life in Small Town America." The lecture will consider how America’s various small-town Jewish communities came into being and explore some of their salient characteristics. The presentation will devote special attention to what made small-town Jewish communities different from those of larger urban centers and it will demonstrate that America’s smaller Jewish settlements were not simply miniature versions of larger communities.

Thursday, December 16, 2004 (12:30-1:30)

Jerome Chanes of Yeshiva University will present a lecture, "Antisemitism in America, Past and Present Realities and Myths." The lecture explores the reasons why anti-Semitism never took firm root in America using a construct based on and rooted in American pluralism and associationalism.

Curator-led tours

Michael Grunberger, head of the Hebraic Section in the Library's African and Middle Eastern Division and curator of the exhibition, will conduct an in-depth tour of each major section in From Haven to Home: 350 Years of Jewish Life in America.

  • October 27, 2004 at noon
  • November 3, 2004 at noon
    "Century of Immigration, 1820-1924"
  • November 17, 2004 at noon
    "Confronting Challenges"
  • November 24, 2004 at noon
    "Home," Part 1
  • December 1, 2004 at noon
    "Home," Part 2 and the "Conclusion"

Related Live Performance

"Haven to Home: An American Journey"

This live performance tells the stories of Emma Lazarus, an immigrant's daughter who became Liberty's poet, and Irving Berlin who came to America on an immigrant ship and went on to become one of America's best loved composers. The performance explores how the values of liberty, opportunity, and religious freedom shaped American History.

In the Coolidge Auditorium of the Library of Congress. Tickets are FREE, but reservations are required: (202) 707-1071. Performances begin at 10:30 a.m. and run approximately 45 minutes. Appropriate for ages 10 and up.

  • October 12, 2004
  • October 26, 2004
  • November 2, 2004
  • November 18, 2004
  • December 6, 2004


The programs listed above are free and open to the public. No reservations are required. Please request ADA accommodations five days in advance at (202) 707-6362 or [email protected]

Accompanying Publication

A companion volume of essays, published by George Braziller, Inc., in association with the Library of Congress, accompanies the exhibition. Written by leading specialists in the field of American Jewish history, this book provides insight into the American Jewish experience by addressing its singular nature within the broader context of American religious, social, political, and cultural life.

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