2006-09-01 / Community

National Jewish Tour Comes To Hewlett-Woodmere

The American Jewish Legacy will bring its exhibit on the history of traditional American Jewish life to the Hewlett-Woodmere Public Library for the next two months.

From the Mountains to the Prairie: 350 Years of Kosher and Jewish Life in America will celebrate the Judaic culture dating back to the very first Jewish immigrants in New Amsterdam 1654.

"It is very important for everyone to be aware of how traditional Jews helped make America great," says Rabbi Yaakov Horowitz, founder of the American Jewish Legacy and exhibit director.

When the Founding Fathers signed the Bill of Rights in 1789, they celebrated with kosher refreshments. Soldiers from the Confederate and Union armies celebrated Passover Seders with matzo on the battlefield.

The 400-square-foot exhibition depicts traditional Jewish life through the Colonial period, the Gold Rush and the Civil War, focusing on life in the prairie and in the West, featuring information gathered from public and private archives across the country.

Also included will be a display of kosher food advertisements from the early 1900s in Yiddish and English, for such brands as Maxwell House Coffee, Pillsbury and Gold Medal Flour, Post and Kellogg cereals.

The American Jewish Legacy is a non-profit organization committed to historical accuracy that seeks to collect, preserve and publicize the history of traditional Jewish life across the nation.

The tour comes to the Hewlett-Woodmere Public Library, located at 1125 Broadway in Hewlett, September 7 to October 31.

For more information and for exhibition hours, contact the library at 516-374-1967.

For information relating to other activities of the AJL, call 1-800-839-6996 or visit www.ajlegacy.org

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