September 10 SUNDAY 1 to 3 PM
HARLEM 1910 – THE WORLD’S THIRD MOST POPULATED JEWISH NEIGHBORHOOD
MEET: NYS Office Building Plaza, W. 125th St. (MLK Blvd.) & Seventh Ave. (AC Powell Blvd.) Take #2 or #3 subway to W. 125th St. Walk west for 1 block.
In 1910, only Warsaw and the Lower East Side were home to larger numbers of Jews than New York City’s Harlem. More than 150,000 Jews listened to the great Yossele Rosenblatt chant Sabbath services and were terrified when gangsters like Lefty Louie Horowitz and Whitey Lewis fought gun battles on 125th St. They bought at Blumstein’s Department Store and saw teen-age singers Walter Winchell and George Jessel begin their careers.
The tour considers the following questions –
• Why did Jewish New Yorkers move to Harlem?
• What was their reception?
• How did they keep the children within the fold?
• Are any synagogues still active in Harlem?
Today still visible are –
• Stained-glass Stars of David
• Ten Commandments tablets
• Middle Eastern filigree
• A cornerstone that says built in “5668”
• Such vestiges of Orthodox Judaism as women’s balconies