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From the shtetel to Troy will be theme on May 23 at Troy Library

Elisheva Morrison holding minutes of Congregation Beth Tephilah from 1899 and dressed in a costume from that period is slated for a presentation at the Troy library.

TROY– Elisheva Morrison of Congregation Beth Tephilah will present in historical costume, a soliloquy of feelings and thoughts of a young girl leaving her home in a shtetel in Russia and coming to the big city of Troy, during the early 1900s.  The  program, noting Jewish Heritage Month,  will  be on Wednesday, May 23,  at 6 p.m. at the Troy Public Library,100 2nd St. Historical photos will also be shared with the audience.

According to Morrison, in the late 1800s and early 1900s many Jews emigrated to America because of increasing anti-Semitic attacks and government decrees that  made Jewish existence there unbearable. She added that their way of life in their villages (also called shtetels) gave them strength and security and as “The New World”  was an unknown way of life  there was much to consider.

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