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July 27, 2017

"Oy vey! Benny’s family has been selling scrumptious knishes—baked round dumplings filled with onions, cheese, and potatoes—since the family moved to America. But now the Tisch family has moved to Rivington Street on New York’s Lower East Side, with a knish store of th...

July 27, 2017

Join author Joanne Oppenheim for a reading and Q&A session on her new book, The Knish War on Rivington Street at the New York Historical Society Museum & Library.

This is a Family Program perfect for children.

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New-York Historical Society Museum & Library


July 25, 2017

When I write a book, I like to think about what was happening in the bigger world outside of the story. Working on the Knish War on Rivington Street, I thought of movie celebrities of the time — and the politics of the day.  In 1916, the United States had not yet enter...

July 21, 2017

During the knish war in 1916 the two knisheries featured music as attraction...this is from The Mediator, a newspaper of the day, reporting on the events: 

" Morris bought a phonograph and advertised music with knishes. Max retained the services of a German band and hun...

July 19, 2017

If you haven't been following my blog,  let me explain. I'm posting ideas for posters that didn't make it into THE KNISH WAR ON RIVINGTON STREET book...Maybe the outtakes will be a lecture in a course for beginning writers, What Every Writer Must Learn 101— the big ide...

July 17, 2017

When you write a picture book, you only have 32 pages, so there's never room for all the golden words and great images in your head.  I've decided my blog is a perfect place for lost gems that just couldn't fit in the book. Some are ideas that landed on the cutting roo...

July 16, 2017

PJ Library just sent me a copy of their paperback edition of The Knish War on Rivington Street. I’m thrilled and honored that my work will be shared with thousands of Jewish families. It has the same cover as the regular edition but here's the frontispiece where kids c...

July 15, 2017

Thought you'd enjoy some of the signage that didn't make it onto the billboards in my new book. Testimonial ads were big at the turn of the century. Maybe when they make the movie... 

Feel free to send your suggestions for other signs.  

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