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The American Jewess: An American Jewess in Paris

The following is cross=posted on the Jewesses With Attitude blog.
As a new crop of college graduates ponder their uncertain futures and decide whether to go directly to work (if they can find work in this uncertain economy) or bum around for a while in search of inspiration, I thought it would be fun to find […]

The American Jewess: Jewish Weddings in 1898

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It’s June. Wedding season is officially upon us, and with it, a return to our feature on The American Jewess after a brief hiatus.
What better topic to explore than the state of the Jewish wedding in turn-of-the-century America. If the piece “Going Under the Chupah,” […]

The American Jewess: Zionism Before the State of Israel

The following is cross-posted on Jewesses With Attitude.
This would have been an appropriate post for last week when we celebrated Yom Ha’azmaut and commemorated the Yom Hazikaron, but since May 14th is the official secular date of Israel’s Declaration of Independence, it’s still worth pointing out what The American Jewess had to say about Zionism, […]

The American Jewess: The Social Mores of 19th Century Jewesses (and Martians)

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This is truly fascinating. A regular column in The American Jewess, “The Woman Who Talks” (a more politically correct way to say The Yenta?) was a place “for the ventilation of all subjects pertaining to woman: social, domestic, religious, literary, political, philanthropic, and so on-ad infinituz,” according to […]

The American Jewess: Religious Observance in 1896

The following is cross-posted on Jewesses With Attitude.
Some of the articles we’re finding in our look at The American Jewess archives seem surprisingly contemporary (19th century language aside), yet a closer look reveals the more subtle points of contrast between how we approach particular issues now vs. then.
Take the piece “Judaism and Its Ceremonies,” by […]

The American Jewess: Passover in 19th Century London

The following is cross-posted on the Jewesses With Attitude blog.
Though The American Jewess was an American magazine, it included a fair amount of foreign correspondence pieces, as was not uncommon for 19th century publications. In honor of Passover (three more days to clean!), this week’s featured TAJ article is “Passover Eve in Petticoat Lane”, […]

The American Jewess: The Modern 19th Century Jewess (and The Ape)

The following is cross-posted on the JWA Blog.

The beginning seems like a good place to begin our exploration of The American Jewess archives.
The first issue of TAJ, from April 1895, proves to be varied in its area of coverage, likely reflecting the varied interests and education of its intended readers. And that 19th century language […]

New Feature: The American Jewess on Jewess and the JWA Blog, Or Happy 113th Birthday TAJ!

Cross-posted on the Jewesses With Attitude Blog.
Today marks the 113th anniversary — centennial + bat mitzvah! — of the launch issue of The American Jewess, the first English-language publication directed to American Jewish women.
Published between April 1895 and August 1899, the magazine covered an evocative range of topics, from demands for synagogue membership for women, […]

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