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History of Syracuse's Old Jewish Neighborhood

As you travel over the elevated portion of route 81 through the center of the city of Syracuse you may not realize you are driving through what was once a thriving residential neighborhood known as the 15th Ward. For nearly a century the 15th Ward was home to not only the African American heritage but also a vibrant Jewish community. The Onondaga Historical Association Museum and Research Center (OHA) is honored to host former 15th Ward resident and book author, Marvin Sumner on Tuesday, July 15 at 7:30pm. Marvin has spent years collecting stories, memories, photographs, and even recipes of traditional Jewish foods favored by many residents and has since compiled into one booklet "Growing up Jewish in the 15th Ward: Recollections from the 1920's through the 50's". This event is free and open to the public.

With special thanks to developer, Bill Marcus and designer, Steve Meltzer for the Judaic Heritage of CNY, the OHA will display a photographic exhibit made up of aged photographs and newspaper clippings on the old Jewish neighborhood of Syracuse. The exhibit will be available for viewing July 15 through September 7. This exhibit tells the story of the neighborhood from the late 1830's when the first Jewish settlers arrived until the area was torn down in the mid 1960's for urban renewal and highway construction. Today, virtually nothing remains of the neighborhood, which was located south of the Erie Canal and east of downtown Syracuse. This exhibit is free and open to the public, donations welcomed.

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