First I must state that I am not Jewish. I saw this documentary on PBS several years ago and loved it. I bought this as a gift for someone but this is one of the better in depth histories of the American Jew. I learned so much from this and it answered so many prejudices I had before watching it. Knowledge about other cultures and traditions is key to understanding those different from us. It is through ignorance that we remain a bigot and allow hate to fester. I highly recommend this for anyone who enjoys history, whether it is to learn about your ancestors or just to understand this great nation that is a melting pot of people from all walks of life. It will give you a new respect for those who proudly call themselves a Jew.
Being a Jewish American whose grandparents came to this country from Russia in the early 1900's, I really enjoyed this dvd!!! It shows such an accurate portrayal of Jewish life in America and it brought back so many memories of growing up in New York and the rich Jewish culture that permeated New York City!!! Also, it adequately portrayed the Anti-Semitism that existed in America where colleges and communities would not let Jews live and learn!!! This DVD really portrays Jewish life in the U.S.A . Also, it depicts all the amazing influences and outstanding contributions these Jewish immigrants and their offspring have made to American society!! A great piece of history!!!
This video revealed things to me my grandparents didn't or couldn't pass on to me about their lives before and after coming to America. All I ever got was a nasty scrunched facial expression when Russia-Poland was mentioned to them so this video was very important for me to view.
Their command of the English language was pretty good considering they probably only received the equivalent of a 6th grade education but the subject was never covered well.
I have no idea how large or small my true family is or was but I know now how impossible their lives were made to be and how inventive and creative they were to make it in America. As their descendants we are indebted to them, The Jewish Americans.
A wonderful compilation of the contributions that Jewish people have make to America that is truly poignant. These people's contributions have made life better for all people -- regardless of religious preference. It is remarkable that one group in America, the Jews, have achieved so much and made so many contributions to make life better for everyone! Makes me proud to be a Jewish American.
I viewed the full six hours of this wonderfully rendered series on PBS. It provides an excellent, moving history of the American Jews, their changing culture, and their important contributions to American society. The series explores this by bringing to light personal stories of many individuals and families. It does this by incorporating beautiful graphics, music and interviews with famous American Jews and their descendants.
The series answered a lot of questions I had about Jewish American history. Viewers of all faiths and nationalities should find it appealing and educational.
Although my children and grandchildren are Jewish and have been raised in a "reform" movement of Judaism, this video shows so much of our history and the truth of our legacy. I didn't purchase it for myself, although I thoroughly enjoyed the presentation, but I purchased it so that my children and grandchildren would have a real sense of our heritage and appreciation for all that we've endured and have risen to incredible levels of intelligence and "giving back".