Clayton Patterson’s “Jews: A People’s History of the Lower East Side” Now Available

Posted on: February 4th, 2013 at 6:18 am by

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Years of research,writing, and fundraising recently culminated in the release of Jews: A People’s History of the Lower East Side. The three-volume tome, co-edited by Clayton Patterson and sociology professor Dr. Mareleyn Schneider, is exactly as it sounds. An exploratory neighborhood history populated by more than 150 chapters of essays and photos by nearly 200 contributors.

The books are now available for purchase through Amazon. A party celebrating the release is scheduled for February 13 at Angel Orensanz on Norfolk Street.

Below is the table of contents for Volume 1 as a taste:

PART 1: INVOKING THE LOST PAST
Suzanne Wasserman: The Disappearing Jewish Lower East Side, circa 1935, p.3
Laurie Tobias Cohen: Lower East Side Conservancy, p. 9
Shulamith Z. Berger & Jai Zion: Ritz with a Shvitz: Luxury on the Lower East Side, p. 12
Joyce Mendelsohn: Public Baths on the Lower East Side, p. 16
Lee Stein Rubins: The Good Old Days on the Lower East Side, p. 23
Eleanor B. Itzkowitz &Joan Israel: 275 East 7th Street: An Enduring Family Legacy, p. 33
David Stein: A 1966 Journey through the Lower East Side, p. 39
Shulamith Z. Berger: The Forward’s Edifice Complex, p. 45
David Stein: Hot Lead Is Dead, 1979, p. 49

PART 2: PRESERVING A LEGACY OF VALUES
Shlomo Stein: Selection from Ethical Will (1958), p. 52
Mareleyn Schneider: Ethical Will (2000), p. 54
Mareleyn Schneider: How to Write Your Own Ethical Will, p. 57
Clayton Patterson: Hidden Treasures: The Danny Stein Archives, p. 60
Mareleyn Schneider: Documenting the Jewish Lifecycle and Presence on the Lower East Side:
The Daniel Stein Collection, p. 66
Marvin Greisman: The Morality Police on the Lower East Side, p. 83
David Stein: The Heart of the Father and the Heart of the Son Shall Beat as One, p. 88

PART 3: DISOBEDIENT JEWS?
Joeseph Kraus: Swinging at Shadows: Toward a History of the Lower East Side Tough Guy, p. 91
Mareleyn Schneider: Jewish Presence in the Essex Market Court: What Happened There, p. 96
Juda Engelmayer: Without an Eruv, Gentrification Is Useless to Save the Traditional Jewish
Lower East Side, p. 104
A.J. Weberman: The Story of the Jewish Defense Organization and the Lower East Side,
Actually the Bowery, p. 109
Robert Dannin: Early Communitarian Experiments on the Lower East Side: Social Reform
Practices in New York City During the Gilded Age, p. 112

PART 4: SCHOOLING IN A BYGONE ERA
Rabbi Marvin Schick: The Yeshiva on Henry Street, p. 138
Phillip Rothman: ESHI, p. 143
Suellyn Friedel Ben-Zvi: Bais Yaakov, In Our Hearts Forever More, p. 145
Celia Plotkin: Purim Streamlined: a Play with Incidental Music (1941), p. 150
Mareleyn Schneider: Yemenite Version of Adir Hu from the Passover Haggadah:
The Lyrics Transliterated, p. 165

PART 5: GROWING UP AS AN ADVENTURE
Jennifer Oh & David Leslie: Jewish Boxing in the Lower East Side, p. 168
Avraham Issac Weisberg: A Cultural Icon: Weisberg Religious Articles, p. 170
Mareleyn Schneider: Lessons Learned by Growing up on the Lower East Side: Some of Our
Adventures in Wonderland, p. 173
Mareleyn Schneider & Marvin Greisman: Two Inconspicuous Mitzvos: Blessing on the Trees & Blessing of the Sun, p. 185

PART 6: LIFE-LONG LOWER EAST SIDERS
Mareleyn Schneider: Tribute to a Forgotten Leader: Congressman Leonard Farbstein
(1902-1993), p. 190
Vicki Brower: Hon. Sheldon Silver, Speaker of New York State Assembly, p. 193
Mareleyn Schneider: The World in Which Sheldon Silver Grew Up, p. 197
David Sands: A Ladino Story, p. 199

PART 7: HATH NOT A JEW FED WITH THE SAME FOOD?
(SHAKESPEARE’S SHYLOCK IN THE MERCHANT OF VENICE) SOMETIMES NO.
Ilka Scobie: Bagels Are Eternal, p. 202
Ann Binlot: Streit’s, p. 205
Suzanne Wasserman: Russ and Daughters, p. 207
Ann Binlot: 2nd Avenue Deli, p. 211
Yura Dashevsky: “Katz’s: That’s All!”, p. 214
Mareleyn Schneider: To Modern American Jews, They’re Simply Offal (Organ Meats) or
Other Awful Animal Inedibles, p. 219
Steve Dalachinsky: Gardens of Earthly Delights, p. 221
David Huberman: Candy Store, p. 223
Claude Solnik: Katz’s: A Landmark’s New Lease on Life, p. 225
Mareleyn Schneider: Symbolic Foods for Rosh Hashanah, p. 234

PART 8: SYNAGOGUE LIFESTYLE
David Stein: Benjamin Koenigsberg and the Birth of the Young Israel Movement, p. 238
Marcia Haddad Ikonomopoulos: Kehila Kedosha Janina: The Holy Congregation of Janina, p. 243
Joan Moossy: Congregation Chasam Sopher: Moses Weiser’s Years of Struggle Pay
Off for “Everyone in the Community”, p. 252
Dovie Gelerinter: Looking for my Great-Grandfather, the Second Bialystoker Synagogue Rabbi, p. 258
Cliff Fyman: Description of a Shtiebel on the Lower East Side, p. 262
Toby Moskovitz: A Letter to Rabbi Joseph Singer, p. 264
Rabbi Yossi Pollak: Stanton Street Shul, p. 267
Anthony Robins: Congregation Bnai Jacob Anschei Brzezan (The Stanton Street Shul), p. 269
Jennifer Blowdryer: The Saga of the 8th Street Shul: One of Religion, Righteousness, and
Real Estate, Not Necessarily in That Order, p. 276
Clayton Patterson: 8th Street Shul, p. 285
Elissa Sampson: Rabbi Pesach Ackerman and the Mesritcher Shul: The Interview, p. 306
Klara Palotai: Through the Light of the Past – 172 Norfolk Street: Conflicting
Memories of New York’s East Side, p. 321
Al Orensanz: Angel Orensanz and the Temple of Solomon near You, p. 332
Mareleyn Schneider: Answering Curious Questions about the Lower East Side Societies’
Cemetery Practices, p. 340

PART 9: BACK IN A JEW’S WORLD
Tsaurah Litzky: The People That Made Me: A Love Story of the Jewish Lower East Side, p. 345
Ingrid Hughes: Ancestors, p. 349
C.O. Moed: The Land of the Quartchyard, p. 352
Allegra Lucier: Lower East Side Mecca, p. 355
Ron Ross: The Peddler from Norfolk Street, p. 358
Dorothy Friedman August: The Bastard Heirs, p. 362
Helen Garber: Community, p. 375
Melissa Caruso Scott: Small Town with an Elevator, p. 384
Matt Kohn: My East Village, p. 387
Joanee Freedom: Jewish Roots in the Lower East Side, p. 398
Michael Rosen: Lower East Side: A Silk Road, p. 403

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  • paul

    Mr. Patterson is the lower east side. I will attend.