This year, Simchat Torah, the celebration of the conclusion of the annual cycle of public Torah readings (as well as the beginning of the next cycle), falls on October 11th at sundown in Israel and October 12th at sundown in the rest of the world. Did you know the Jewish Historical Society of North Jersey has an extensive Torah cover collection? Here are a few beautiful examples from our collection – can you help us identify the congregations to which many of them belong?
The above two images are of a Torah cover from Beth Sholom, Clifton, NJ., given in loving memory by the children of Arlene and Joseph Taub.
The above 2 images are of Torah covers from unknown sources. Can you help us identify the congregations?
The answers to our recent “Who Am I?” challenge are as follows: (1)Marcia Strassman; “Bullet” (2) I played Nurse Cutler in the TV version of M*A*S*H with fellow Passaicite Loretta Szwed/Swit (3) Welcome Back, Kotter. John Travolta (4) Zometa
This week, we’ve decided to focus on some of the Paterson YM-YWHA organizations and clubs that make our community so great! Here are some photos of the Y’s past – do you recognize anyone?
The Panthers put on many a show. Two of them appear in the above images. Do you recognize some of these thespians?
Above left are the Spartans! Above right are their ID’s.
The image in the above left is of the “Y” parents’ group. The above right image identifies the individuals pictured.
The above left image is of The Hebrew Boys’ Association. Year unknown, but surnames identified at bottom. The above right image is of The Hebrew Boys Association Reunion. This photo is for the years between 1910-1917. Image dated 9/18/1917.
October 20, 2017
The Jewish Historical Society of North Jersey was honored to host a visit on October 7th for the Barnert Family Reunion. Thirty- five descendants of Nathan and Miriam Barnert from all over the U.S.participated in a bus tour of the historic sites throughout Paterson. The JHSNJ office was their first stop to view the extensive collection of archival materials on Nathan and Miriam Barnert. Nathan Barnert was known as “Paterson’s Greatest and Noblest Benefactor.” Many of Paterson’s renowned institutions were funded and supported by his outstanding generosity and philanthropic efforts. From the Barnert Hospital, Miriam Barnert Hebrew Free School, Hebrew Free Synagogue, Daughters of Miriam Home for the Elderly, Barnert Fund at the Paterson Hebrew Free Loan Association to the Barnert Temple, every Jewish family in Paterson has a connection to the legacy of Nathan and Miriam Barnert.
October 27, 2017
This Sunday is our much-anticipated Summer Camp Reunion! To celebrate, we’ve selected a few of our many camp photos to show you for out weekly “Photo Friday” feature in order to whet your appetite prior to our reunion. None of the people in our pictures below are identified so please write to us with your I.D.’s. Come and visit our ongoing camp exhibit, here until December 31st!