When Jews arrived in the mid-1700s, Baltimore was little more than a backwater port with an uncertain future. As the city grew so did its Jewish community, forming its first congregation in 1830 and hiring the first ordained rabbi in America in 1840. Today Baltimore is home to one of the nation's largest and most diverse Jewish communities, with approximately 100,000 Jews living in the metropolitan area. Through photographs and documents drawn primarily from the collection of the Jewish Museum of Maryland, The Jewish Community of Baltimore chronicles this fascinating history. More than 200 historic images portray the progress of Baltimore's Jews from a handful of immigrants starting new lives in a growing port city, to an established network of clergy, businesspeople, educators, philanthropists, and civic leaders. From the family-owned delis on Lombard Street and the grand department stores on Howard Street, to the majestic synagogues on Eutaw Place and the current epicenter of Jewish life on Park Heights Avenue, Jews have left an indelible mark on Baltimore.
|Publisher:||Arcadia Publishing SC|
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About the Author
Author Lauren R. Silberman is the education and program coordinator at the Jewish Museum of Maryland and a resident of Baltimore. Avi Y. Decter is the executive director of the Jewish Museum of Maryland.
Table of Contents
Paving the Way: Baltimore's Jewish Pioneers 9
Baltimore or Bust! Jewish Immigration to Charm City 23
From Little Jerusalem to Corned Beef Row: Jewish Communities in the City of Neighborhoods 41
Downtown Shuls, Uptown Synagogues: Baltimore's Jewish Houses of Worship 63
Making a Living: Jewish Businesses in Baltimore 83
Providing Relief: Baltimore's Jewish Civic Commitment 109
Selected Bibliography 127