Jewish Life in Akron

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In the mid-1800s, many Jewish families joined the western expansion and emigrated from Germany to Akron, a canal town that also had an inviting countryside. They sought economic security and religious freedom—a new start in a new town. But it was not an easy life. They organized their Jewish community into cultural and religious groups, and by the 20th century, their efforts attracted Central and Eastern European Jews with differing lifestyles. In 1929, the Akron Jewish Center opened and provided a place for all of the diverse Jewish groups in Akron to gather. It also played an enormous role in raising awareness of the richness of Jewish life in the Akron community. Jewish Life in Akron celebrates 150 years of Jewish culture, family, business, and organizational life through vintage images, many never before published, and supporting history.
ISBN: 9780738539683
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
State: Ohio
Series: Images of America
Images: 200
Pages: 128
Dimensions: 6.5 (w) x 9.25 (h)
Arlene Cohen Rossen is a former instructor of communication at the University of Akron and the retired director of development at the Akron Art Museum. Beverly (Bunny) Magilavy Rose has practiced law for over 30 years. Both are natives of Akron and have been active participants in the community. All profits from this book will benefit the Shaw Jewish Community Center through a fund established by the authors at the Jewish Community Board of Akron.
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