Tracing cultural, community history in the JN archives - Special Sections

Tracing cultural, community history in the JN archives

Janet Perez | Managing Editor | Posted: Wednesday, June 13, 2018 11:32 am

For the past year, I have been delving into the Jewish News’ archives for my Flashback series, starting with the paper’s first edition on Jan. 15, 1948. I’ve pored over issues that depicted how the Valley’s Jewish community reacted to events that affected Jews around the world, the creation of the state of Israel and national events that touched all Americans.

Admittedly, while looking for some of these more serious news items, it was inevitable that I would come across photos and advertisements that made me chuckle at how times have changed — for better or worse depending on your point of view. But what struck me most about these photos, published in a paper for a then very small Jewish population, was how easily they reflected the eras as seen by all Americans.

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