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Synagogues of Greater Philadelphia

Join us for our next presentation in our Making History Greater Series when Ira Poliakoff presents Synagogues of Greater Philadelphia.

Synagogues of Greater Philadelphia traces the history of the Jewish people in the greater Philadelphia region through the eyes of the more than five hundred synagogues that exist or have existed in the five-county Philadelphia area. Included are many illustrations and picture of synagogues no longer in use and reproductions of several historic documents. Ira Poliakoff, the author of the forthcoming book, Synagogues of Philadelphia, explored many libraries and archives to assemble this history.

Ira Poliakoff was born in New York City just as World War II was ending. His father, a physician, returned from five years of naval service when Ira was five months old. His family lived in Manhattan and attended Congregation Shaare Zedek and later moved to Rockville Centre where they were members of Temple Bnai Sholom. As a young man, Ira served as youth director at several shuls in metropolitan New York and worked for the United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism as a Field Worker. In 1973, he married Judith Braude of Philadelphia and they moved to Wynnewood shortly thereafter. He later enjoyed a long and successful career in business.

The Making History Greater series features scholars, authors, and historians who are currently working on telling new stories about the complexity of our region’s history. Synagogues of Greater Philadelphia will take place on Thursday, March 21, 2019. The evening will begin at 6:30 with a social gathering and light refreshments. The presentation will begin at 7:00 pm and last for about an hour with time for questions at the end. This program is free and open to the public.