Author of a small, but jam-packed, book tells the story of Jewish
New York through vintage photographs and memorabilia.
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community as diverse and
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About 70 percent of all Jews in America can trace their origins to New
York City, says author Ira Wolfinan.
book, Jewish New York: Notable Jewish
Special to the Jewish News
Neighborhoods and Memorable Moments (Rizzoli;
$22.50), with its scene of pushcarts and crowds of
shoppers on Essex and Hester streets, 100 years
ago. Although small in format, the book informa-
tively chronicles — in words and vintage photo-
graphs, portraits, paintings, souvenirs, postcards,
maps and memorabilia — the community's jour-
ney from Essex Street to Broadway, as well as its
very beginnings at the tip of Manhattan, then
New Amsterdam, in 1654.
n the early morning of the eve of Yom
Kippur, a line of 250 people stretched from
the not-yet-open door of Zabar's down
Broadway and across 80th Street to West End
Avenue in Manhattan. Author Ira Wolfman
described the scene, with people kibitzing in a famil-
iar way, as unremarkable yet ever so Jewish: a mix of
the secular and the religious and showing the ease
and comfort of New York City's Jews.
As he spoke, I thought of the cover of his new
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