Glimpses of Jewish Baltimore

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Baltimore is the cultural hub of Maryland's Jewish community, and for three decades, local legend Gilbert Sandler has chronicled its stories. With this collection of the best of his columns from the Baltimore Jewish Times, Sandler crafts a brilliant portrait of Jewish Baltimore. Join Sandler as he evokes memories of the corner drugstore, rides at Carlin's Park and freshly fried coddies. From these warmly familiar scenes of neighborhood life. Sandler moves to stories of the community banding together during the ...

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Baltimore is the cultural hub of Maryland's Jewish community, and for three decades, local legend Gilbert Sandler has chronicled its stories. With this collection of the best of his columns from the Baltimore Jewish Times, Sandler crafts a brilliant portrait of Jewish Baltimore. Join Sandler as he evokes memories of the corner drugstore, rides at Carlin's Park and freshly fried coddies. From these warmly familiar scenes of neighborhood life. Sandler moves to stories of the community banding together during the Great Depression and the extraordinary courage of rabbis and their congregations during the civil rights protests of the 1960s. Recall the halcyon days and share the joys and sorrows of Charm City's Jewish community.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781609496531
  • Publisher: History Press, The
  • Publication date: 4/30/2012
  • Pages: 128
  • Sales rank: 1,449,392
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Gilbert Sandler is one of Baltimore's most-read and well-known local historians. For more than thirty years, through his articles in the Baltimore Sun, the Baltimore Jewish Times, National Public Radio and his books and lectures, he has shown Baltimoreans, through anecdote and memory, who they are, where they have been and, perhaps, where they are going. He was educated in Baltimore's public schools and graduated from Baltimore City College; in World War II, he served in the United States Navy as a ship-board navigator in the Pacific. He is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and has a master's from Johns Hopkins. He has been active, as he puts it, "Boy and man!" in Baltimore's Jewish community and admits that his involvement has provided him with the interest and curiosity to search out the stories that make up Jewish Baltimore.
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Table of Contents

Foreword Avi Y. Decter 5

Part 1 Creating Community 7

Baltimore's Lost Colony 8

Halcyon Days at Easterwood Park 12

Landmark Occasion: Lower Park Heights Comes into Its Own 17

The Busiest Streetcar Stop: Old Park Circle 22

The Corner Drugstores 26

Riding the Crest: Hilltop Shopping Center 30

Different as Children, Different as Adults 33

Part 2 Crises and Causes 37

The Deadly Winter 38

Hard Times, Shattered Dreams 43

Before the War: The Class of 1941 50

Demonstrators: Baltimore Rabbis Confront Segregation 56

Part 3 Earning a Living 65

What's Brewing? 66

The Midwives of Old East Baltimore 71

The Downtown World of the "Cloak and Suiters" 76

Gay Street: The Other Howard and Lexington 80

Living "Over the Store" 84

When Doctors Made House Calls 89

Last of a Breed: Installment Men of East Baltimore 93

Part 4 Recreation and Leisure 99

Romancing the Coddie 100

Getting Schmaltzy: Jewish Baltimore's Restaurant Row 104

The Woodlands: Recreation for Baltimore's Jewish Poor 108

A League of Their Own: Talmud Torah Softball 113

Amusing Times at Carlin's Park 117

Back in the Haze: Jewish Sororities and Fraternities 121

Fully Loaded: Sinning in a "Sit-Down" Deli 126

Part 5 Becoming American-and Making a Mark 131

Rhythm of America: Becoming American by Dancing to Its Music 132

All in the Family: Showtime at the Elektra Theater 136

Baltimore's Jewish Drum and Bugle Corps 139

Incubator of the Stars: Forest Park High School 143

Hugs and Knishes: The Jewish American Festivals 147

The Jews of Prime Time 152

For Further Reading 157

About the Author 159

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