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American Jewish History

A Pumpkin Pie for Thanksgiving: Jews, Separatists, and American Myth and Symbol

On November 21, 1954, Los Angeles radio listeners who tuned in to KFWB for “The Community Hour,” heard a special segment that the station called “Our Cultural Community.” “In celebration of the coming holiday of Thanksgiving,” read the KFWB announcer, “we present a play written for the occasion by Mrs. Ruth Maizlish.” Ruth Maizlish, born Rivka Moskowitz in the Polish Pale of Settlement in 1904, immigrated to the United States on the eve of the First World War. Forced to change her name from the hebrew, Rivka, in order to satisfy New York public schools, and watching her father, a Read more