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Greater Harrisburg's Jewish Community (Images of America Series)

Greater Harrisburg's Jewish Community (Images of America Series)

by Simon J. Bronner
     
 

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The Jewish community of Greater Harrisburg became established after 1825, mostly by German immigrants who took up peddling and clothing trades. They were attracted inland from East Coast cities to Harrisburg, the growing upriver hub of trade that became Pennsylvania's state capital in 1812. The community grew to 600 residents by the end of the 19th century and

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The Jewish community of Greater Harrisburg became established after 1825, mostly by German immigrants who took up peddling and clothing trades. They were attracted inland from East Coast cities to Harrisburg, the growing upriver hub of trade that became Pennsylvania's state capital in 1812. The community grew to 600 residents by the end of the 19th century and drew attention for a level of civic engagement well beyond that of comparably sized settlements. Immigration from eastern Europe in the early 20th century contributed to a tenfold increase of the Jewish population and a changing ethnic and commercial profile. In the years that followed, the community added an impressive range of institutions and continued to have a reputation for activism. Emerging as the hub of Jewish life in central Pennsylvania, the community produced internationally renowned figures in Jewish affairs, business, and arts.

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From the Publisher

Title: Harrisburg's Jewish Community Book

Author: Sherry Christian

Publisher: CBS 21 News

Date: 7/21/2010

Simon J. Bronner, Penn State Harrisburg professor and author of the book Images of America, Greater Harrisburg's Jewish Community says "people began coming here including peddlers and immigrants because they were attracted not only to the idea of the state capital but it was a growing river hub especially with the development of the Pennsylvania canal in the mid-19th century."

And it's the beginning of that migration that forms the beginning of Bronner's book, which documents the settlement of mainly German immigrants in 1825 to the forming of the Eigth Ward and the expansion north.

Jumping off each page is a collection of photographs taken by Arnold Zuckerman that was given to the Historical Society of Dauphin County.

They help to chronical the growth of the Jewish community from 600 residents by the end of the 19th century to a tenfold increase by the early 20th century.

Emerging from the community were residents who succeeded in business, community service and politics.

People like Miriam Menaker.

People pass by the Heinz-Menaker Senior center on 4th street everyday without realizing the building is named after Miriam Menaker, the first woman and Jew to serve on city council back in 1969.

Bronner says, "many of these local figures who were so community minded may not have a Wikipedia page, they may not show up in encyclopedias, but they have great local significance and show the benefits I think of civic engagement."

Bronner's book also shines a light on a dark cloud that hung over the community.

Anti-semitic acts that were displayed on synagogues and other buildings in the city.

But Bronner wants to leave readers with a message of hope.

Bronner says, "there are efforts to combat that as well as cooperation among different ethnic groups, Jews, African-Americans, Mexican-Americans that are documented here to improve tolerance and community harmony through the years."

Greater Harrisburg's Jewish Community is published through Arcadia's Images of America series.

And once you get the book, you can have it autographed by Simon Bronner at a book signing on August 5th at the Harrisburg History Center at noon.

http://www.whptv.com/news/local/story/Harrisburgs-Jewish-Community-Book/0OSTPkgZdEu_S-31ZR7I9Q.cspx

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780738573137
Publisher:
Arcadia Publishing SC
Publication date:
07/19/2010
Series:
Images of America Series
Pages:
127
Product dimensions:
6.40(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.50(d)

Meet the Author


Simon J. Bronner is a distinguished professor of American studies and folklore at the Pennsylvania State University at Harrisburg and the coauthor of Steelton. The images in Greater Harrisburg's Jewish Community come mainly from the Historical Society of Dauphin County and the Jewish Federation of Greater Harrisburg. The Javitch Fund of the Jewish Community Foundation of Central Pennsylvania provided funding for the project.

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