Photo Friday – January 2018

January 5

We want to encourage our readers to tell their stories by submitting prospective future newsletters to the JHSNJ. Topics can range from neighborhoods, businesses, camps,or community centers and could include family memories or personal experiences you have had in the north Jersey area. Don’t be shy!

Happy New Year! This week we’ve decided to check out some amateur theatricals from our files.

Young actors and actresses from the Y performing Peter Pan. Date unknown.

Young actors and actresses from the Paterson ‘Y’ performing “Peter Pan.” Date and performers unknown. Can you help?

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A performance from the Wayne ‘Y’. Given the costumes, it’s safe to guess that this is a production of The “Wizard of Oz.” Date and performers unknown. Please help with the IDs.

The Y Parents' Smokerette from the spring of 1955. Pictured is Fanny Chessin.

The Paterson ‘Y’ Parents’ Smokerette from the spring of 1955. Pictured on the left is Fanny Chessin.

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Performers from the Fair Lawn Jewish Center ORT Show flashing their gams during rehearsals in the choreographer’s basement. Second from the left is Fanny Kellner. Please help us with the other IDs. The choreographer was the donor’s mother.

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The Giedler Club Chorus, who were apparently “well-known in the community” and were “often invited to present programs of Jewish music.” We don’t have any IDs, so please help!

January 12

We want to encourage our readers to tell their stories by submitting prospective future newsletters to the JHSNJ. Topics can range from neighborhoods, businesses, camps,or community centers and could include family memories or personal experiences you have had in the north Jersey area. Don’t be shy!

The answers to our recent “Who Am I?” challenge are as follows: (1)Barbara Feldon; Agent 99 (2) William Shakespeare (3) Pauline Trigere; Top Brass (4) Lucien Verdoux Feldon; “Living Along and Loving It” (5) “Fitzwilly” based on the novel “A Garden of Cucumbers” (6) Lots of exercise!

The central core of our collection at JHSNJ revolves around the Jewish communities of Paterson and Passaic. As such, our collection also features a number of items and images related to these industrial cities. This week, we’re featuring a few locations from Paterson’s past and present.

Barnert Hospital, photographed on April 18, 1935.

Barnert Hospital, photographed on April 18, 1935.

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A view of Samuel Colt’s Patent Arms Manufacturing Company factory in Paterson, New Jersey from across the Passaic River. Various buildings and smokestacks rise above the river and a bell tower stands at the rear. The bell tower existed on top of the factory circa 1836-1840 when Colt was located there. [Not our photo.]

Views of the Fabian Theatre on Church Street in Paterson. [Not our photos.]

These are recently donated reproduction lithographs of the Paterson Falls. They appear to be printed copies of some variety from a more recent era than the images that were originally produced.

January 19

We want to encourage our readers to tell their stories by submitting prospective future newsletters to the JHSNJ. Topics can range from neighborhoods, businesses, camps,or community centers and could include family memories or personal experiences you have had in the north Jersey area. Don’t be shy!

Civil Rights Day is celebrated in some states on the third Monday in January. It honors civil rights activists and is combined with Martin Luther King Day. Our community has a long history of engagement in social justice and other notable human rights causes. Here are a few photos to commemorate our community’s efforts!

Former NYC Mayor Ed Koch with members of the Coalition to Free Soviet Jews.

Former NYC Mayor Ed Koch with members of the Coalition to Free Soviet Jews.

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Congressman Charles S. Joelson, a Paterson native whose advocacy for literacy resulted in dedicating over U.S. $1 billion to save public libraries. Literacy and access to information are rights, too!

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Rabbi Martin Freedman (misspelled as ‘Friedman’ on the photo), former rabbi of Barnert Temple (Congregation B’nai Jeshurun), was a well-known and admired Freedom Rider during the Civil Rights Movement in the early 1960s. For more on the rabbis who served as Freedom Riders, see the Photo Friday from January 13, 2017 here.

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The Liberty Park Monument Committee, after years of advocacy, finally succeeded in building a monument called ‘Liberation,’ which depicts a US soldier carrying a Holocaust survivor to safety, and dedicated it on May 30, 1985. Featured here at the home of Senator Frank Lautenberg during a fundraising cocktail reception are, L-R: David Kotok, Sen. Lautenberg, Governor Thomas H. Kean, Nathan Rapoport (the sculptor), State Senator Matthew Feldman (D-Bergen), and Luna Kaufman.

January 26

We want to encourage our readers to tell their stories by submitting prospective future newsletters to the JHSNJ. Topics can range from neighborhoods, businesses, camps,or community centers and could include family memories or personal experiences you have had in the north Jersey area. Don’t be shy!

For a local organization, the Paterson YM-YWHA managed to bring in a large number of influential entertainers. We have a file containing numerous headshots of various entertainers who performed at the Y over the years – here are just a few!

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Comedian Red Buttons (born Aaron Chwatt in New York City).

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Virtuoso violinist Jascha Heifetz, who came to the United States from what is now Vilnius, Lithuania as a teenager.

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Richard Tucker (Rivn/Rubin Ticker), noted opera tenor from Brooklyn who also served as a part-time cantor at Temple Emanuel in Passaic in his youth.

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The great contralto, Marian Anderson, who likely needs no introduction. Her Lincoln Memorial concert on Easter Sunday in 1939 was a response (with help from Eleanor Roosevelt and her husband Franklin) to being barred from singing to an integrated audience in Constitution Hall by the Daughters of the American Revolution. She went on to be the first black person of any nationality or gender to perform at the Metropolitan Opera. (And we had her at the Y!)

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The above picture is from a guest performance of Aladdin – interestingly enough, we don’t have IDs for these performers! Does anyone recognize them, or were they just another company traveling through?

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A bonus photo from the John Harms Theater at 30 N. Van Brunt Street in Englewood, NJ. Featured here are Russ and Angelica Berrie at a fundraiser in Woodcliff Lake. They were honored with the Griffin Award for Outstanding Service to the Arts for their contributions and support of the Harms Center’s programming. Russ Berrie is best known for being the founder and CEO of Russ Berrie & Co., Inc., a company now known as Kid Brands after it purchased and consolidated with other companies.

 

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