Photo Friday – February 2017

February 3, 2017

Super Bowl Sunday is almost here, so get ready to gather with family and friends to watch the big game, those infamous commercials, or even just the Puppy (or punch) Bowl! Here are some historic football photos from our collection to help you set the mood to pregame!

The Passaic Y football team from 1927.

The Passaic ‘Y’ football team from 1927.


The October 3,1936 program for a game at Hinchliffe Stadium between the Paterson Panthers and the Shenandoah Presidents. One thin dime was the cost for the official program.


The Paterson YMHA football team in 1925. Identified are Ted Rosenberg (front row, fifth from left), Mort Rittenberg (second row, sixth from left), Willie Singer (third row, sixth from left), and Lou Berliner (third row, ninth from left). Can you help us ID the others?


The 1925 Paterson YMHA football team once more. Identified are Lou Berliner (top row, far left), Mort Rittenberg (front row, 4th from right), and Willie Singer (front row, 5th from right). Can you help us identify the others?


An unidentified high school team from 1926 or 1928. Mort Rittenberg appears again, this time second from the right in the second row.

February 10, 2017

Valentine’s Day is coming up fast, and love is in the air! We’ve searched through our collections to bring you some romantic photos in honor of the holiday. Don’t forget to celebrate all the loved ones in your lives!

Doreen Kaplan Bitterman and Harold Bitterman, 1/12/1952.

Doreen Kaplan Bitterman and Harold Bitterman, 1/12/1952.


An unidentified couple at the VFMA Autumn Ball, 11/14/1959. Can you help us identify them?


A Paterson Y dance class and recital channeling “the Roaring Twenties” as they practice the Charleston in costume. The women, L-R, are Isabell Buyer, Esther Beck, and Evelyn Surosky Hirschfeld. One of the men is listed as Joe Gordon, but we don’t know which. Could you help us out and identify both Joe and the other two men?


The senior prom class of Paterson Eastside High School, January 1960. L-R: Nancy Hochman, Alan Browne, Sharon Cohen, Bob Demitron, Marilyn Woolrich, Martin Singer, Linda Licker, Mark Rabin, and Ina Krakower. The man standing behind Ina is unidentified – can you help us?


Paterson Eastside High School Prom, January 1961. L-R: Barbara Kassner, Warren Rienstra, Shiela Kantor, Bill Baker, Rona Mlotoke, Leon Ackerman. This photo was shot in the Empire Room of the Waldorf-Astoria.

February 17, 2017

Presidents’ Day is almost here, so we decided to take a slightly different spin on this week’s installment of Photo Friday and show you some of our local presidents and their cabinets – namely the organizations and leaders who have helped to make this community a better place. We hope you enjoy them!


The B’nai B’rith Passaic Lodge. L-R: Samuel Glass, Maurice Kreger, ???, William Diech.


25th Anniversary event for the Ladies Auxiliary of The Brotherhood of Paterson, NJ.


A meeting of the 1970 UJA Special Gifts Division of the Jewish Federation of North Jersey. Standing, L-R: Milton Bromberg, Herbert Turndorf, Morris Scult. Seated, L-R: Jerry Koransky, Mitchell Zalon (Special Gifts Chairman).

The Council of Jewish Women presenting a phonograph to a Y in 1957.

The Council of Jewish Women presenting a phonograph to a ‘Y’ in 1957.


The Daughters of Miriam Board. Standing, L-R: Rabbi Chaim Thasserman, Rabbi Jas. Herman, Rabbi Ira Kroninberg, and Harvey Adelsberg. Seated, L-R: Rabbi Alvin Poplock, Rabbi Katz, and Rabbi Eugene Markovitz.

February 24, 2017

In order to feature the breadth of our collection we will occasionally publish pictures of a community relevant to the JHSNJ on “Photo Friday.” This week we’ve chosen to highlight the history of one of our collection’s strengths, the city of Passaic. We hope you enjoy these historical photos of Passaic’s past!

Jacob Lafer and son Sidney standing at 260 Monroe St. in Passaic in 1917.

Jacob Lafer and son Sidney standing in front of 260 Monroe St. in Passaic in 1917.


Downtown Passaic, NJ, featuring the Guarantee Market and the Erie Railroad’s Main Line. Date unknown.

The Boy Scouts of Ahavas Israel in Passaic.

The Boy Scouts of Ahavas Israel in Passaic. Date unknown. Persons unknown. Help us out!

The Passaic YMHA basketball team of 1934-35. Can you help us ID these players?

The Passaic YMHA basketball team of 1934-35. Can you help us ID these hoopsters?


Dubnoff Paints in 1960. L-R: Sid Dubnoff, Bebe Dubnoff, and Herman Dubnoff (the father and founder).