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Jewish Brooklyn: Growing Up
Join us for the final program in our series exploring the history and lived experience of Jews in Brooklyn. This time we look at growing up.

Three incomparable, born-and-bred Brooklynites come together to reminisce about growing up Jewish in Brooklyn. Cartoonist and author Roz Chast was raised in the heart of Flatbush. Fashion designer and entertainment personality Isaac Mizrahi lived on Ocean Parkway and then in Midwood. Illustrator Martin Lemelman grew up in the back of his family’s candy store in Brownsville. They share their joys and hardships, memories of holidays, Hebrew school, street life, and experiences of anti-Semitism, and tell stories about their contrasting Jewish youths during a very different Brooklyn time.

A selection of highlights from the Center for Brooklyn History’s Brooklyn Jewish History Collection presented by Outreach Archivist Ariane Loeb sets the stage.

Special thanks to The David Berg Foundation for their generous support of CBH’s Brooklyn Jewish Life Collection Project.


Photos L-R, Roz Chast, photo by Bill Hayes; Martin Lemelman; Isaac Mizrahi, photo by Gregg Richards

May 11, 2021 06:30 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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