Jews of Brooklyn / Edition 1

Jews of Brooklyn / Edition 1

by Ilana Abramovitch
     
 

ISBN-10: 1584650036

ISBN-13: 9781584650034

Pub. Date: 11/01/2001

Publisher: Brandeis University Press

Flatbush Avenue, Borough Park, Coney Island and Brighton Beach, Brooklyn Bridge, Loehman's and Lundy's, Mrs. Stahl's potato knishes, the Dodgers, Barbra Streisand and Woody Allen, front stoops and back porches, Hasids and Socialists, a place, a feeling, a state of mind -- Brooklyn and American Jewry grew up together in the 20th century. From the first documented…  See more details below

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Flatbush Avenue, Borough Park, Coney Island and Brighton Beach, Brooklyn Bridge, Loehman's and Lundy's, Mrs. Stahl's potato knishes, the Dodgers, Barbra Streisand and Woody Allen, front stoops and back porches, Hasids and Socialists, a place, a feeling, a state of mind -- Brooklyn and American Jewry grew up together in the 20th century. From the first documented settlement of Jews in Brooklyn in the 1830s to the present day, Jewish presence -- always between a quarter to a third of Brooklyn's entire population -- has been key to the development of the borough. Jewish families and foodways, businesses, schools, and synagogues, simchas and celebrations, have been an essential component of Brooklyn life.

In Jews of Brooklyn, over forty historians, folklorists, museum curators, musicians, and ordinary Brooklyn Jews with something to say about egg creams and Brooklyn accents, present a vivid, living record of this astonishing cultural heritage.

Essays in the first section, "Coming to Brooklyn" explore the creative and often bewildering foundations of immigrant life. Juxtaposed are arrival experiences of eastern European Jews, Syrian Jews, Jews from Israel, and Holocaust survivors, and the kinds of shops, factories, synagogues, and schools they established there. "Living in Brooklyn," looks at neighborhoods, culture, and institutions from the 1930s to the present. Evocative portraits of Bensonhurst, Borough Park, Brighton Beach, Brownsville, Canarsie, Crown Heights, Flatbush, and Williamsburg describe street life and local characters, offering an intimate look at Jewish family life, even as they convey a sense of evolving neighborhoods and changing times. "Leaving Brooklyn / Returning to Brooklyn" features essays on famous Brooklynites such as Barbra Streisand and Danny Kaye as well as numerous personal reminiscences and family portraits of ordinary folk, making it clear that Brooklyn, for better and for worse, maintains a lasting presence in the lives of Jews born and raised there.

Ilana Abramovitch's Introduction provides general historical context. The book also features a detailed timeline of Jewish immigration to and settlement in borough's neighborhoods, and of key events and turning points in the history of Jewish Brooklyn, as well as a Selected Bibliography.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781584650034
Publisher:
Brandeis University Press
Publication date:
11/01/2001
Series:
Brandeis Series in American Jewish History, Culture, and Life
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
400
Product dimensions:
8.50(w) x 11.00(h) x 1.12(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments • Introduction
Putting on Your Best Face: Brooklyn Jewish Studio Photography, 1881-1924
First Synagogues: Rabbi A. Stanley Dreyfus and Union Temple • First Synagogues: The First 144 Years of the Congregation Baith Israel Anshei Emes (The Kane Street Synagogue)
The Early Years of the Hebrew Educational Society of Brooklyn
Syrian Jewish Life
Tastes of Home in Three Brooklyn Groceries
Brooklyn as Refuge: Yaffa Eliach's Hasidic Tales of the Holocaust
Notes on the Celebration of Purim in Williamsburg
Holy Rolling: Making Sense of Baking Matzo
New Synagogues: Rabbi Ellen Lippmann Talks about Congregation Kolot Chayeinu
Waves upon the Sand: Jewish Immigrant Life in Brighton Beach
The New Wave from Russia
A Williamsburg Childhood in the 1930s and 1940s
Sephardic in Williamsburg
Brownsville and Irving Levine: The Making of a Jewish Liberal Activist
Nice Jewish Girls: Growing Up in Brownsville, 1930s-1950s
My Mother's Borough Park
A Hasidic Woman in Borough Park
Crown Heights in the 1950s
Cruising Eastern Parkway in Search of Yiddishkayt
Growing Up in Interwar Bensonhurst
The Brooklyn-American Dream
From Brownsville to Park Slope: An Interview with Simon Dinnerstein
From Flatbush to SoHo: An Interview with Ivan Karp
Mazel Tov! Klezmer Music and Simchas in Brooklyn 1910 to the Present
Klezmer Revived: Dave Tarras Plays Again
New Jewish Music in the Orthodox Community
Bad Jews: Jewish Criminals from Brooklyn
A Brooklyn Accent: Borough Park in the 1940s
Seltzer Man
Candy Stores and Egg Creams
Street Games in Brooklyn
Poultry in Motion: The Jewish Atonement Ritual of Kapores
Suits and Souls: Trying to Tell a Jew: When You See One in Crown Heights
Brooklyn Yiddish Radio, 1925-46
Jewish Commitment and Continuity in Interwar Brooklyn
"A Home Though Away from Home": Brooklyn Jews and Interwar Children's Summer Camps
Blacks, Jews, and the Struggle to Integrate Brooklyn's Junior High School 258: A Cold War Story
A Tour of Jewish Coney Island Avenue
Dr. Alvin I. Schiff Talks about Jewish Education
Rabbi Robert Kaplan Talks about Changing Institutions
Radically Right: The Jewish Press
"Across the Great Divide": Alfred Kazin and Daniel Fuchs
Approximations Made with Line: An Interview with Phillip Lopate
Cyber-Spirituality: An Interview with Binyamin Jolkovsky
Thoroughly Modern Orthodox: An Interview with Rina Goldberg
Danny Kaye: Brooklyn Tummler
The Doctor and the Comedian
Scenes from a Superstar's Childhood
"That's Entertainment!"
"Play Ball!" Jewish Athletes from Brooklyn
On Wisconsin
Knish Reminiscence
Flatbush Memories in the Florida Sun
Are We There Yet? One Family's Brooklyn Diaspora
Time Line of Selected Jewish Brooklyn Events or People
Selected Bibliography and Recommended Reading
List of Contributors

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