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The Jews of Long Island: 1705-1918
The Jews of Long Island: 1705-1918
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Brad Kolodny - Author
Excelsior Editions
Price: $95.00 
Hardcover - 304 pages
Release Date: March 2022
ISBN13: 978-1-4384-8723-6

Price: $32.95 
Paperback - 304 pages
Release Date: March 2022
ISBN13: 978-1-4384-8722-9



The first comprehensive history of the development of early Jewish life on Long Island.

In an engaging narrative, The Jews of Long Island: 1705–1918 tells the story of how Jewish communities were established and developed east of New York City, from Great Neck to Greenport and Cedarhurst to Sag Harbor. Including peddlers, farmers, and factory workers struggling to make a living, as well as successful merchants and even wealthy industrialists like the Guggenheims, Brad Kolodny spent six years researching how, when, and why Jewish families settled and thrived there. Archival material, including census records, newspaper accounts, never-before-published photos, and personal family histories illuminate Jewish life and experiences during these formative years. With over 4,400 names of people who lived in Nassau and Suffolk counties prior to the end of World War I, The Jews of Long Island: 1705–1918 is a fascinating history of those who laid the foundation for what has become the fourth largest Jewish community in the United States today.

"A well-illustrated and painstakingly researched chronicle that teaches us more than we have ever known about the early Jews of Long Island." — Jonathan D. Sarna, University Professor and Joseph H. & Belle R. Braun Professor of American Jewish History, Brandeis University

"Brad Kolodny exhibits his thorough research and engaging narrative in detailing the origins of our Jewish community. His knowledge and dedication showcased in this book is a gift for Jews everywhere." — Rabbi Joel Levenson, President, Long Island Board of Rabbis

"Kolodny's blend of narrative and visual portraits illuminate a third center of New York Jewish culture, religion, and commerce that bloomed in the late nineteenth century alongside oft-spotlighted Manhattan's Harlem and Lower East Side." — Shira D. Epstein, Dean, William Davidson Graduate School of Jewish Education and Assistant Professor, Jewish Theological Seminary

Brad Kolodny is president and founder of the Jewish Historical Society of Long Island and the author of Seeking Sanctuary: 125 Years of Synagogues on Long Island.

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