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Opening of the Long Island Museum of Jewish History in Glen Cove

The Long Island Museum of Jewish History, located inside the Holocaust Memorial and Tolerance Center at Glen Cove, officially opened to the public on October 3.

The Long Island Jewish Historical Society held a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the museum and celebrated the opening of its first exhibit, “Earning a Living: 300 Years of Jewish Business on Long Island,” which features more than 60 businesses , October 2. .

“Long Island is today the fourth largest Jewish community in the United States, but it has been overlooked for its historical significance in the American Jewish landscape,” said Brad Kolodny, president of the Jewish Historical Society of Long Island and curator. from the Long Island Jewish History Museum. . “Most people are aware of the growth of the Jewish population in Nassau and Suffolk counties after World War II, but our history goes back much further than that.

Left to right: Steven Kantorowitz, Esther Fortunoff, Andrea Bolender, Jay Steinberg, Cindy Dolgin, Judy Leopold, Andrew Hazen and Brad KolodnyPhoto by Sharon Collins
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Art Pushkin standing beside items used in the tailor shop and dry cleaners run by his great-grandmother Rebecca Raff at Sea Cliff from 1914 to 1954Photo by Sharon Collins

The first exhibit features artifacts from local Jewish-run businesses, including farmers, manufacturers and retailers. One example is Louis Cohn’s 1910 sewing machine which was used for four generations at the Amityville Men’s Shop. It also includes interesting stories such as the family who founded the popular Fortunoff retail store and a man who became a liquor smuggler during the Prohibition era.

“We are thrilled to partner with the Long Island Jewish Historical Society to bring the largely unknown history of our local Jewish community to the forefront,” said Andrea Bolender, chair of the board of the Holocaust Memorial and Tolerance Center. “A core part of our mission is education, and we know the Long Island Museum of Jewish History will enhance the experience of visitors to our center.”

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The museum’s first exhibitionPhoto by Chris Leonardi

Admission to the Long Island Jewish History Museum is free and included with a suggested donation to enter the Holocaust Memorial and Tolerance Center, located at 100 Crescent Beach Rd. in Glen Cove. The hours are Monday to Friday from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from noon to 4 p.m.

For more information, visit jhsli.org.