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n "real life", Oscar Israelowitz
is an architect. But through his
travels, the Brooklyn, N.Y., res-
ident found a new calling —
author and publisher of Jewish
"Every time I would travel
abroad, I would ask, 'Is there any-
thing left of the Jewish commu-
nity?" Mr. Israelowitz said.
"Whether you are religious or not,
you want to know, 'Where is the
Realizing that there weren't
many guidebooks available that
addressed just those kinds of ques-
tions, Mt Israelowitz decided to
find the answers for himself. His
first book, Synagogues of New
York C4 was published in 1982;
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Telegraph (at Maple Rd)
in the Bloomfield Plaza
tributed nationwide in travel, in-
dependent and Jewish bookstores.
The books cover such categories
as the history of the Jewish com-
munity; sometimes the history of
specific synagogues; museums,
train schedules; kosher restaurants.
An upcoming title, The Best
Jewish Travel Guide To Israel, will
include Christian sites for the first
time, said Mr. Israelowitz, as well
as the most current information
on the festivities surrounding the
celebration of Jerusalem 3000.
Mr. Israelowitz tries to visit as
many of the locations he writes
about as possible; when he can't,
he relies on local Jewish agencies
to provide him with up-to-date in-
formation. The U.S. guidebooks
it has been followed by 24 other are updated annually, and the Eu-
titles — 44 books in all including ropean and Canadian guides every
two to three years.
Unhappy with the publication
quality of Synagogues In New York A list of books available
City — "they were chopping off through Israelowitz
the tops of the synagogues in the Publishing includes:
Guide to Jewish Europe: West-
photos" — Mr. Israelowitz de-
cided to venture into publishing em Europe, 9th edition 354 pages
as well as writing. Today, several (paper); $14.95 (plus $2.50 ship-
assistants help him put out the var- ping)
Italy Jewish Travel Guide 242
ious guidebooks that cover the
United States, Canada, Europe, Is- pages (paper), $14.95 (plus $2.50
rael and New York CitY.
The Best Jewish Travel Guide
Mt Israelowitz's books are dis-