Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Spotlight on Paterson, NJ

The 19th century was a time of great political upheaval in Europe and the persecution of Jews in the Russian empire increased, resulting “pogroms.” That with the repeated drafting of men and boys into its armies, motivated many of our ancestors to flee their homes. They left the textile centers of Lodz and Bialystok, Poland and other European countries in the early part of the century and settled in Paterson, to work in the silk mills. The Great Falls of Paterson had become a source of power for America’s first manufacturing center.   Jewish institutions were soon established and flourished, including synagogues, schools, cemeteries, a hospital, an old-age home and a YMHA. They left behind a rich history of their lives in Paterson. 
A Paterson KehilaLinks is in process.  Meanwhile check out  Jewish Roots in Paterson on Facebook  http://www.facebook.com/groups/46962810277/

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