Grossman Sheds Light on Long Island’s Jewish History

Karl Grossman

At the start of the 20th century, 15 percent of Sag Harbor’s population were Jews, having arrived by boat exclaiming, “Jerusalem is coming! Jerusalem is here!”

“This, while in neighboring East Hampton and Southampton, Jews were not welcome. It was quite a contrast,” explained Karl Grossman, who will give the talk, “Jews On the East End: A History” on Sunday, April 7, at 3 p.m. at the John Jermain Memorial Library, located at 201 Main Street in Sag Harbor.

With deep family roots in Sag Harbor, Grossman will discuss the history of Jews on the East End and their places of worship, including the oldest synagogue on Long Island, Temple Adas Israel in Sag Harbor, as well as other houses of worship from Riverhead to Montauk.

“He will explore the diversity that exists in the various Jewish communities and how their distinct characteristics have influenced their history,” according to the library.

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