50 years of Bagels and Jews


After 39 years of business, New York bagel shop H & H Bagels of the Upper West Side served its last bagel yesterday to great fanfare, despite the fact that they still operate a midtown bakery and store. JTA Editor in Chief Ami Eden offered on-site video commentary (above, filmed by Uri Fintzy), while JTA Web Editor Daniel Treiman explored the origins of this store; not as Jewish as you might think. 

The historic association between Jews and bagels has been explored by Joan Nathan in Slate and by a BBC radio editor in a book published by Yale University

Just how Jewish is the hole-y bagel? From our archive, here’s a 50-year timeline of bagel metaphors, slurs and achievements :

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