Photo Friday – June 2017

June 2

Shavuot, aka “the Festival of Weeks,” falls on the 6th and 7th of the Hebrew month of Sivan (May 30-June 1 on the secular calendar this year). Shavuot is one of the 3 pilgrimage festivals and also a commemoration of the day God gave the Torah to the assembled nation of Israel at Mount Sinai. The holiday is also associated with the grain harvest in the Torah. It is customary to eat dairy foods on Shavuot because just as milk nourishes our bodies, so too the Torah nourishes our souls. Shavuot, too, is linked with confirmations. Celebrate with us with these photos from our collection!


A Torah study photo from the Federation collection. This young man is sadly unidentified – can you help us out?


A photo from B’nai Israel in Paterson. Can you please help us identify the folks featured here?


Another photo from B’nai Israel. The man carrying the Torah is identified only as Rubenstein, with no first name listed. Can you help?

Top left photo – Suzanne Mechanic checks the calendar at Temple Emanuel of the Pascack Valley to verify her September 30th bat-mitzvah date. Top right photo – Suzanne reviews her Haftorah reading while sister Karen looks on.

In the upper left is Bernard Yudman’s (son of Patersonians Emanuel and Hattie (nee Miller) Yudman) bar-mitzvah photo. In the upper right is Patersonian Fred Rubin’s bar-mitvah photo.

June 9

The answers to our recent “Who Am I?” challenge are as follows: (1)James Caan (2) Elliot Gould; “Harry & Walter Go to New York” (3) Al Pacino; “The Godfather” (4) the “Bada Bing” (real name “Satin Dolls,” located on Route 17 South)

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This past Sunday was the ‘Celebrate Israel Parade’ in NYC, a parade that began in 1964 which commemorates Israel’s independence as a state. Jerusalem Day was also celebrated this past week (5/23-5/24). Jerusalem Day commemorates the reunification of Jerusalem in the wake of the amazing Israeli victory in the Six-Day War of 1967. In 1968 the Israeli Government proclaimed that new holiday to be thereafter celebrated every year on the 28th day of Iyar on the Hebrew calendar, the day on which Jerusalem became one united city.

Our collection boasts a wealth of photos of Israel from various donors who have traveled there. Check out a few below!

An unidentified and undated street view of (likely) Jerusalem.

An unidentified street view of (likely) Jerusalem, c. 1960’s, probably around the time of Yom H’atzmaut. (Independence Day).

The Silent Cry, a statue at Yad Vashem.

The Silent Cry, a statue at Yad Vashem, Israel’s Holocaust Remembrance Center.


Caption on photo: “Water rationing in beseiged Jerusalem after the cutting of the pipeline, May 1948.” WZPS photo courtesy of the Central Zionist Archives in Jerusalem.

Rabbi Shlomo Goren at the Western Wall.

Rabbi Shlomo Goren, the Chief Ashkenazi Rabbi of Israel at the Western Wall in Jerusalem. The photo was taken in the period following the Six-Day War.

An Israeli lookout post near the Lebanese border. Undated photo.

An Israeli lookout post near the Lebanese border. Undated photo.

June 16

Father’s Day is this Sunday, and with it comes warmer weather – summer is here! We’ve found some photos of dads and fun summer activities in our collection for you for this week – check them out, and a happy Father’s Day to all the dads out there!

An unidentified and undated photo of a father and child from the YM-YWHA.

An unidentified and undated photo of a father and child from the Paterson YM-YWHA. Can you help us? If you can read what’s written on the balloon it might provide a clue.


Father’s Day is noted for cookouts and grilling! Can you help us identify this grill master? It looks like it’s chicken for dinner.

An unidentified grandfather reads to his grandson.

An unidentified grandfather reads to his grandson. “From generation to generation…” Do you know these folks?


Summer’s here! This is a photo of Bessie Yarmus modeling summer sporty fashions from Temple Emanuel in Paterson on 4/17/1991.

Swimmers enjoy the cool water in the pool at Camp Veritans.

Swimmers enjoy the cool water in the pool at Camp Veritans. Who are these aquatic kids?

June 23

This weekend, the Wayne YM-YWHA plans to honor athlete Phil Grabow by inducting him into the Athletic Hall of Fame of Fame for his athletic exploits. To celebrate this achievement, we’ve selected some relevant photos from our collection for your enjoyment.

A triptych of photos of Phil Grabow being honored for his athletic prowess. Left: Phil Grabow (left) receiving a gift from Paul Sacks (right) of the YMHA Bowling League. Undated photo. Center: The Charles Grabow Memorial Racquetball Awards Winners, Phil Grabow (left, 1st place) and Phil Teitel (right, 2nd place). Undated photo. Right: Phil Grabow (left) receiving the Handball Maven’s Award from Bernie Gross (right). Undated photo.


Phil Grabow today. Photo provided by Jack Zakim.


Some Wayne Y Old Timers. In this photo are Mort Rittenberg, Lou Infalt, Les Wiener, and Fred Nochimson, amongst others. Undated photo.


The Wayne ‘Y’ traditionally offered all sorts of sporting programs, including ones as diverse as fencing. Who are the swordsmen wearing the headgear?

The champion handball team from the Y for the years 1964-65.

The champion handball team from the Y for the years 1964-65. Willie Singer is on the far right. Can you help us identify the others?

June 30

It’s almost the Fourth of July! Whether you’re traveling down the shore for some fun in the sun, attending a neighbor’s barbecue or throwing your own, watching fireworks displays, or even sitting through miles of fire trucks in Ridgewood to see a few parade floats, we at the Jewish Historical Society of North Jersey wish you a fun-filled holiday with family and friends! Here are some photos of the Jewish War Veterans celebrating Independence Day.

An undated Jewish War Veterans photo. Does anyone recognize these soldiers?

An undated Jewish War Veterans photo. Does anyone recognize any of these former soldiers?


A portion of a scrapbook page showing photos of a Jewish War Veterans July picnic in 1947. Note the odd variation on “doing the limbo” portrayed here – teams of men and women competed to see who could crawl under the lowest bar together!


One contest from the July 1947 picnic included a spoon egg carrying race – the photo on the left shows the women’s race – and child and infant beauty contests. Mrs. H. Waldman and her baby are featured on the right.


The July 1947 picnic was held at Abram’s Duck Farm in Totowa, New Jersey, if the photo on the right is anything to go by.


These unidentified folks were also at the ’47 picnic. Recognize anyone? Kodachrome was one of the first commercially viable forms of color photography. Debuting on the market in 1935, its popularity was such that Paul Simon even wrote a song about it. Kodachrome’s longevity is legendary among photographers – it was only discontinued in 2009-2010, and Kodak is considering renewing production due to the impending return of Ektachrome, a similar film stock to Kodachrome that can take photos at shutter speeds of 1/10,000 of a second without filters.