Russ & Daughters Immortalized on PBS

A half-pound of sable and two pounds of history.Photo: Kate Appleton

The Jews of New York, PBSs new documentary, could have any number of heroes; we were pleased to see that the family behind downtown lox legend Russ & Daughters was chosen to represent the New Yorkimmigrant experience. As we recently noted here, their Houston Street store is one of the only things keeping the old Lower East Sides Jewish life from disappearing into history. As scion Josh Russ Tupper tells us, Were perpetuating and cultivating the culture of Jewish experience. And whether were religious and go to temple is independent of the fact that were providing an experience of the Jewishimmigrant era of New York. Its really important to maintain what it was like and what it is like. Not to mention, they have some very nice herring there.

Russes among stars of The Jews of New York [Alfred University]