Jewish Philadelphia: A Guide to Its Sights & Stories

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Experience Philadelphia's Jewish history with a nine-site walking tour through the city's oldest streets. Discover the treasures of the Rosenbach Museum and Library and stories of the immigrant experience at the new National Museum of American Jewish History. Find out how the Liberty Bell became inscribed with a passage from the Torah and where to find some of the best Reubens in the city. Encouraged by Penn's charter of religious tolerance, Jewish people have flocked to Philadelphia since before the Revolutionary War, and in turn they have made remarkable contributions to the City of Brotherly Love. With a walking tour and a series of intriguing vignettes, tour guide Linda Nesvisky leads readers down colonial streets to discover the surprising history of the Jewish community in Philadelphia into the twenty-first century.
ISBN: 9781596299030
Format: Paperback
Publisher: The History Press
State: Pennsylvania
Series: American Heritage
Images: 61
Pages: 160
Dimensions: 5.5 (w) x 8.5 (h)
Linda Nesvisky is a prize-winning artist, and her photographs have appeared in numerous publications. She studied art and art history at Carnegie Mellon University and the University of Pittsburgh and has a special interest in history and architecture. Linda has traveled throughout the world and, most notably, lived for many years in Israel. There she maintained an art studio in Jerusalem, taught at various schools and served as tour guide in the Old City's Jewish Quarter, where she lived in a restored thirteenth-century home. Today she maintains her studio in Philadelphia, where she also works as a city tour guide and runs ShalomPhillyTours for tours of Jewish interest. She is a member of Congregation Keneseth Israel, where she serves on the Adult Education Committee and is part of Temple Judea Museum's artist cooperative.
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