WANDERING JEWS OF NEW YORK CITY
An arm-chair tour of Jewish New York City explores the “old neighborhoods” such as the Lower East Side, Jewish Harlem, the South Bronx, Jamaica, and Brownsville/East New York. There are views of the magnificent synagogues and temples including the Spanish & Portuguese Synagogue, North America’s oldest–organized in 1654; Temple Emanu-El, America’s largest Reform Temple; the Central Synagogue, now undergoing a $40 million restoration; the Forest Hills Jewish Center with its fabulous Ark designed by Arthur Szyk; Temple Beth El of Borough Park; and the International Synagogue at JFK Airport. The program includes musical interludes with Cantors Yossele Rosenblatt and Richard Tucker. This lecture is based on Oscar Israelowitz's books, "Synagogues of New York City" and "Guide to Jewish New York City."
SYNAGOGUES OF EUROPE
This program covers many of the glorious synagogues in Western Europe. Visit the Venice Ghetto, London’s East End, the Swiss Alps, the canals of Amsterdam, the restored Berlin and Worms synagogues in Germany, the Rothschild Synagogue of Paris and many surprises. A brief history of the Jewish communities and musical interludes are included in this program. This lecture is based on Oscar Israelowitz's book, "Guide to Jewish Europe."
WANDERING JEWS OF NEW JERSEY
A delightful arm-chair tour of the great urban centers such as Newark, Paterson, Jersey City, Hoboken, Trenton and Paterson with their first Jewish settlements and early synagogues. There is a stop at Ellis Island and a discussion about the trials and tribulations of "Coming to America." The program continues with visits to the early pioneer Jewish farming communities of Alliance, Norma, Brotmanville and Woodbine (the first all-Jewish town in the United States). The program concludes with visits to the resort communities of Lakewood, Atlantic City, Deal, Long Branch and Asbury Park. This lecture program is based on Oscar Israelowitz's book, "Jewish New Jersey in Vintage Photographs."
PHILLY–THE WAY IT WAS
A wonderful lecture program based on the new book by Oscar Israelowitz, "Philly–The Way It Was." The program captures the essence of life in Philadelphia when things were much simpler. See Victorian women in their "Sunday Best," the great department stores such as John Wanamaker's, Lit Brothers, N. Snellenberg and Company, Strawbridge & Clothier, and Gimbel Brothers. See the building of the Elevated and Subway lines, a Tom Thumb Wedding, the old ferries crossing the Delaware River, the grand opening of the Central Post Office in the 1930s, lots of trolley scenes, the Mummers Parade, and lots more.
WELCOME BACK TO THE CATSKILLS
This slide show and lecture is based on Oscar Israelowitz's best-seller book. "Welcome Back to the Catskills." The Catskills has been the summer retreat for thousands of New Yorkers for over one hundred years. The program features many of the grand hotels such as Grossinger's, the Concord and the Nevele which served as the training ground for some of the greatest entertainers in the world, including Sid Caesar, Eddie Fischer, Robert Merrill and Neil Sedaka. There is a discussion about the Delaware & Hudson Canal and Roebling's bridge over the Delaware River. There is a section devoted to the Ontario & Western Railroad which predates the Quickway (Route 17). There is also a discussion about the Jewish farmers who moved to the Catskills from the "big city" around the turn of the century. They couldn't survive as farmers so they transformed their farmhouses into boarding houses. The result was the creation of over 1500 summer resorts.
FROM INQUISITION TO THE NEW WORLD- SYNAGOGUES AROUND THE WORLD
This program traces the Jews of Spain and Portugal as they journey from country to country following the Spanish Inquisition of 1492. We follow them to Amsterdam, London, Venice, Gibraltar, Prague, Recife, Curacao, New York, Philadelphia and Newport.
SYNAGOGUES OF THE UNITED STATES
An exciting program exploring the history of the Jews in the United States from their beginnings in 1654 to the present. Some of the synagogues included in this program include the Spanish & Portuguese Congregation in New York; the Touro Synagogue in Newport, Rhode Island; Temple Emanu-El in San Francisco (organized by the "gold-rush" Jews); recycled 19th century synagogues in Pittsburgh and the Lower East Side; and modern synagogues designed by Frank Lloyd Wright and Percival Goodman in Elkins Park, PA and Southfield, MI. We will also visit the exquisite Cuban Hebrew Congregation in Miami Beach and the Gumenick Chapel with its glorious Belgian stained-glass windows in Miami, Florida. This lecture program is based on Oscar Israelowitz's book, "Synagogues of the United States."
ISRAEL at 60
This multi-media slide presentation celebrates Israel's 60th anniversary. Some of the sites in this one-hour slide and lecture program include visits to Jerusalem, Tel Aviv, Haifa, Caesarea, Safed, the Golan Heights, and Eilat. Explore the old and new city of Jerusalem with its ancient walled Old City, the Kotel or Western Wall, lovely parks and its exciting new Light Rail. See Haifa's ultra-modern new government center, the Baha'i Gardens and Israel's only subway–the Carmelit. In Tel Aviv we see the modern big city with its massive skyscrapers and its lovely low-rise Bauhaus-style white buildings constructed in the 1930s. Visit Masada, explore the Negev with its stark landscapes and then cool off in an ice-cold stream in the Golan Heights which was carved into an ancient lava flow. This lecture is based on Oscar Israelowitz's book, "Israel Travel Guide."