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Jewish Groups To Host History Of 'Jews In New Rochelle'

Several area Jewish organizations are coming together in November to celebrate the history of Jewish people in New Rochelle.
Several area Jewish organizations are coming together in November to celebrate the history of Jewish people in New Rochelle. Photo Credit: Courtesy New Rochelle Jewish Coalition

SCARSDALE, N.Y. -- Several Jewish organizations are set to host "Jews In New Rochelle, A Premier American Suburb" in November.

The New Rochelle Jewish Coalition, JCC of Mid-Westchester, New Rochelle’s 325th Anniversary Committee and the UJA-Federation are sponsoring the event celebrating the history of the Jewish community of New Rochelle, according to a news release. New Rochelle City historians, clergy and academic scholars will present the free event at 3 p.m., Nov. 3, at the JCC of Mid-Westchester, 999 Wilmot Road in Scarsdale.

"As New Rochelle observes the 325th anniversary of its founding by French Huguenots seeking religious freedom in 1688, several local organizations will present a panel to explore the history of the Jewish community of New Rochelle," epresentatives said in the release. "Rabbi Emeritus Amiel Wohl of Temple Israel of New Rochelle and co-founder of the Coalition for Mutual Respect will serve as moderator and participant for the discussion that will investigate why Jews chose New Rochelle as their home, beginning in the late 1800s, and how they contributed to the growth and development of the seventh largest city in New York State."

Representatives said as a group, "New Rochelle’s Jewish residents reflect patterns and trend of many other suburban communities in the Unites States," according to the release.

"But, there are many aspects that are unique to the 'Queen City of the Sound,'" representatives said in the release. "Joining (Wohl), Steven Goldberg, New Rochelle High School social studies department chair and teacher, and past president of National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS), the nation’s largest professional organization for social studies educators, will focus on the national trends related to Jews in suburbia, while Barbara Davis, New Rochelle city historian and 325th Anniversary vice chair, will illustrate the concepts with historical background specific to New Rochelle."

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