Author Archives: Harry Boonin

Immigrant Jewish Philadelphia: School Days

¬† Going through photographs on, I was struck by the number of photos showing Philadelphia public grade schools from years ago, most now torn down although some still remain.¬†These photographs show the construction of new schools during the period of heavy immigration into the country at the end of the 19th and beginning of […]
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The Jewish Quarter of Philadelphia

Years ago, cities and towns in Europe had Jewish quarters. Most were finitely defined. When the east European Jewish immigrants began coming to the United States en masse, Jewish quarters sprung up in cities along the eastern seaboard. Some were loosely defined, others more precisely. In the early years of Jewish mass immigration, a fairly […]
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