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Nearly 100 attend The Story of Central New York’s Jews at WCNY

On April 6, WCNY hosted The Story of Central New York’s Jews at its Broadcast and Education Center. Event sponsors were  The Jewish Community Foundation of Central New York and the Sam Pomeranz Jewish Community Center of Syracuse.

The local event was in conjunction with the national PBS program “The Story of the Jews with Simon Schama,” which aired March 25 and April 1, on WCNY. The program is available online at  www.pbs.org/wnet/story-jews.

WCNY’s weekly public affairs program Insight, will feature exclusive footage and interviews from the special event at 9 p.m. April 11 on WCNY. The program re-airs at noon, Sunday, April 13, on WCNY and will be available online at wcny.org/insight.

The program featured Syracuse residents and authors Barbara Sheklin Davis and Susan B. Rabin who discussed the history of Syracuse’s Jewish community; Herbert (Hecky) Alpert shared his experiences in Syracuse’s 15th ward; Judy Coe Rapaport discussed America’s only World War II refugee camp in Oswego; and Elfi Hendell, an 81-year-old refugee that escaped the Holocaust, spoke about her experience in the Oswego camp.

“The event was an effective tool to reflect on the importance of the history of the Jewish community in the Central New York landscape,” said Debbie Stack, WCNY director of education and community engagement. “The speakers educated, created awareness, and shared stories, some of them untold, about the roots of the Jewish culture in this region.”

NEWS_CNY Story of the JewsFrom left are: Barbara Sheklin Davis, co-author of “Jewish Community of Syracuse,” Linda Alexander, executive director of The Jewish Community Foundation of Central New York, Inc., Marci Erlebacher, executive director of the Sam Pomeranz Jewish Community Center of Syracuse, Debbie Stack, WCNY director of education and community outreach, Susan Rabin, co-author of “Jewish Community of Syracuse,”  Herbert Alpert, of Syracuse’s 15th ward, Judy Coe Rapaport, president of the Safe Haven Museum in Oswego and Elfi Hendell, Holocaust survivor and Ft. Ontario Refugee Camp resident.

 

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