Jewish Philadelphia: A Guide to Its Sights & Stories

Jewish Philadelphia: A Guide to Its Sights & Stories

by Linda Nesvisky

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Overview

Experience Philadelphia's Jewish history with a nine-site walking tour through the city's oldest streets. Discover the treasures of the Rosenbach Museum and Library and stories of the immigrant experience at the new National Museum of American Jewish History. Find out how the Liberty Bell became inscribed with a passage from the Torah and where to find some of the best Reubens in the city. Encouraged by Penn's charter of religious tolerance, Jewish people have flocked to Philadelphia since before the Revolutionary War, and in turn they have made remarkable contributions to the City of Brotherly Love. With a walking tour and a series of intriguing vignettes, tour guide Linda Nesvisky leads readers down colonial streets to discover the surprising history of the Jewish community in Philadelphia into the twenty-first century.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781596299030
Publisher: History Press, The
Publication date: 03/28/2010
Series: History and Guides
Pages: 160
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

Linda Nesvisky is a prize-winning artist, and her photographs have appeared in numerous publications. She studied art and art history at Carnegie Mellon University and the University of Pittsburgh and has a special interest in history and architecture. Linda has traveled throughout the world and, most notably, lived for many years in Israel. There she maintained an art studio in Jerusalem, taught at various schools and served as tour guide in the Old City's Jewish Quarter, where she lived in a restored thirteenth-century home. Today she maintains her studio in Philadelphia, where she also works as a city tour guide and runs ShalomPhillyTours for tours of Jewish interest. She is a member of Congregation Keneseth Israel, where she serves on the Adult Education Committee and is part of Temple Judea Museum's artist cooperative.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements 9

Introduction 11

Part I Personalities, Places, Resources

The Holocaust Memorial on the Parkway 15

The Rosenbach Museum and Library: The Jewel in the Crown 20

Louis Kahn: "Our Architect" 26

The Gershman Y: A Festive Place 33

The Jewish Renaissance at Temple University 39

Three Archives: On the Record 43

UPenn's Museum: Old Wine in Old Bottles 51

Congregation Rodeph Shalom: Moorish and Modern 58

Beth Sholom's Jubilee Year 62

Keneseth Israel's Remarkable Rabbis 69

Part II The Walking Tour

Walking Tour Map 78

1 Welcome Park 80

2 Haym Salomon 91

3 The Way to Elfreth's Alley 100

4 Elfreth's Alley 103

5 Christ Church Cemetery 108

6 Mikveh Israel Synagogue 116

7 The National Museum of American Jewish History 123

8 The Liberty Bell 126

9 Mikveh Israel Cemetery 131

Part III Appendix

Synagogues 139

Dining 142

Bibliography 147

Index 151

About the Author 155

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