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Highlights from the Archives
FAMILY HERITAGE FILM NIGHT: We will be live streaming the next episode in our acclaimed documentary series in the coming weeks!
THE SYRIAN JEWISH COMMUNITY: A COMMUNITY GROWS IN BROOKLYN (1945 – 1965)
This episode tells the story of the community’s postwar boom in the 1950s, including the move to Ocean Parkway. It introduces new religious leaders, including Hacham Baruch Ben Haim and Rabbi Abraham Hecht, and chronicles the building of the Magen David Community Center, Magen David Yeshiva, and Shaare Zion Synagogue. We chart the cooperative spirit of Syrian businessmen, supporting each other’s success in the U.S. and the Far East, celebrate the heyday of Bradley Beach, and honor women’s roles in preserving traditions and holding families together.FOR MORE INFORMATION
The New York Sephardic Film Festival Presents:
THE SYRIAN JEWISH COMMUNITY: COMING TO AMERICA (1900-1919)
FEBRUARY 29, 2020 8:00 PM
This episode begins in the early 20th century and charts the arrival of Syrian Jews in America. It includes the harrowing boat trip overseas, Ellis Island, and life on the Lower East Side – how the first immigrants worked as peddlers, established their first synagogue, the first Syrian-Jewish stores, restaurants and businesses, as well as institutions such as the burial society and the charitable organization, Maoz Laebyon. We also hear how the community faced anti-Syrian sentiment, and preserved their values and customs in the face of assimilation.FOR MORE INFORMATION
Traveling Museum at Beth Torah
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Syrian Jewish History Timeline
- Biblical Times
- 950 BCE
- 1565 c.
- 1760 c.