Sandy Koufax may have skipped the World Series for Yom Kippur, but he had nothing on the Homesteaders who missed the fall millinery openings. Learn about all the community’s familiar and unfamiliar holiday customs.
Original research about aspects of the history of Homestead’s Jewish community (more entertaining than it sounds, promise!).
Crowdsourcing My Wishlist
Do you know where these missing records are? Can you answer these lingering questions?
Behind the Scenes with MSS #107
Check out the archival records that make this website possible.
From Hooligan to Historian: The Only-in-Homestead Story of Jacob Rader Marcus
A Homestead boy with a colorful childhood. A father who tried to follow the path towards prosperity. The son’s success would write them both into history.
The Boys Who Never Came Home
Twelve Homestead Hebrews made the ultimate sacrifice during the two World Wars.
Truth in Advertising
A store you all know and love in Squirrel Hill says it was founded in Pittsburgh, PA in the early 1900’s. Nope!
When Death Came to Homestead
Everything you ever wanted to know about the cemetery and the burial society — and things you never thought to ask. Like, why was there a fight over eggs and twigs?
The Yahrzeit Books
We all know about yahrzeit plaques, but have you even seen a yahrzeit book? Homestead had four!
The Pinkas of the Chevra Kadisha
Explore the contents of my most favorite book from all sixteen boxes of books preserved from the congregation.
The First Homestead Hebrew
He arrived just before the steel mill opened and blazed a trail that many followed after him. And wait ’til you see who his son is!
Florence Stahlberg Hiedovitz’s My Homestead—A Steel Town
A collage by a lifelong member of the community captures the love she and so many felt for their hometown and their synagogue.
The Jews of Homestead and the 1892 Strike
Everyone wants to know — were members of the Jewish community involved in the famous strike? Here’s what the evidence suggests.