Apartment Building Planned To Replace Harlem Church

harlem-baptist-temple-church befo afterNew York Yimby reports that when a New York City church can’t afford to repair its own building, it’s only a matter of time until it ends up in the hands of real estate developers. Continue Reading →

Harlem’s Jessie Sampter, Educator, A Poet, And A Zionist Pioneer

Jessie Sampter1Jessie Sampter was an influential Zionist educator, a poet, and a Zionist pioneer influenced by Hadassah founder Henrietta Szold, Josephine Lazarus, Mary Antin,Mordecai Kaplan, Unitarian minister Rev. Merle St. Croix Wright and others to become an ardent advocate of Judaism and Zionism born March 22, 1883 in Harlem, New York. Continue Reading →

On Jerusalem Walls, Artist Memorializes Hebrew Israelite Rabbi From Harlem

Rabbi Mordecai HermanWhen Rabbi Mordecai Herman would visit the Lower East Side of the 1920s, then teeming with Jewish immigrants from Europe, he cut an intriguing figure. Continue Reading →

HW Pick: New York Yiddish Theater: From Bowery To Broadway

Yiddish_Theater_hero1From the late 19th to the mid- 20th century, a thriving Yiddish theater culture blossomed on Manhattan’s Lower East Side and in Harlem (from Milton Berle to George and Ira Gershwin), entertaining over 1.5 million first and second generation Eastern-European Jewish immigrants. Continue Reading →

Harlem’s Moses Reicherson, One On The Finest Linguist In The World 1827–1903

moses reichersonMoses Reicherson, 1827–1903, Hebrew author and grammarian. Reicherson was born in Vilna where he earned his living as a part-time teacher of Hebrew and as a proofreader and editor for publishing houses. Continue Reading →

Henry Roth Harlem New York 1914 – 1927

harlems henry rothHenry Roth (February 8, 1906 – October 13, 1995) was an American novelist and short story writer living in a mostly Irish area of Harlem, New York, 1914 – 1927. Continue Reading →

Solomon Libin, Yiddish Short Story Writer And Playwright

jewsih harlemSolomon Libin, born in Gorki, Byelorussia. His family imigrated from Russia to London in 1891 and to Harlem, New York in 1892. Continue Reading →

Harlem’s Morris “Moe” Berg, New York 1902 – 1972

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Morris “Moe” Berg (March 2, 1902 – May 29, 1972), was an American catcher and coach in Major League Baseball who later served as a spy for the Office of Strategic Services during World War II. Continue Reading →

Ethiopian Shabbatt And Sigd Celebration 2015 In Harlem

the other israel in harlemSigd is a unique festival celebrated by Ethiopian Jews 49 days after Yom Kippur.  The word Sigd in Ethiopic means “to worship” or loosely translated as “bowing”.   Continue Reading →

Levine And Rodriguez Lead Talk On Jewish Poverty

marl levine 2On Wednesday, October 21st, 2015 at the YM & YWHA of Washington Heights and Inwood, City Council Jewish Caucus Chair Mark Levine and Council Member Ydanis Rodriguez will join local and national non-profit groups to host a public forum on one of the most pressing issues facing the local Jewish community today: rising poverty. Continue Reading →