Americans have always responded to the optimism, wit and passion of the standards that make up the "American Songbook". This era's best songwriters, many of whom were Jewish by birth and heritage, combined a genius for melody and memorable lyrics to connect with a wide audience. This exhibit explores the lives and works of Irving Berlin, George and Ira Gershwin and a host of other Jewish songwriters who wove the American songbook deep into the fabric of American culture.
A Fine Romance: Jewish Songwriters, American Songs, 1910–1965 was developed by Nextbook, Inc., a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting Jewish literature, culture, and ideas, and the American Library Association Public Programs Office. The national tour of the exhibit has been made possible by grants from the Charles H. Revson Foundation, the Righteous Persons Foundation, the David Berg Foundation, and an anonymous donor, with additional support from Tablet Magazine: A New Read on Jewish Life.