This is the story of Jewish youth in upstate New York during the fin-de-siecledecade of the nineteenth century. Ginsburg details periods of transition for these youths, such as exploring life at various Jewish orphanages, where children were sheltered, educated, and taught trade skills to support themselves thereafter. He profiles The Jewish Tidings, a weekly journal that ran from 1887 to 1897, which heralded itself as "A Fearless Exponent of Progressive Judaism!" and polarized Eastern European Jewish immigrants from the predominantly German-Jewish brethren. Ginsburg rounds out his examination of Jewish life during the fin-de-siecle era by profiling figures such as a rabbi and a Jewish match peddler in Syracuse, as well as the Young Men's Hebrew Association and the Jewish Chautauqua Association. Ginsburg, a native of Syracuse, New York, delves into the history of Jewish youths during this era with interest and enthusiasm.
Lawrence M. Ginsburg is a retired lawyer who has written, among non-legal publications, Israelites in Blue and Gray: Unchronicled Tales from Two Cities (University Press of America, 2001); the essay "'Happyville' Deconstructed: An Over-caricatured Landmark in Southern Jewish History" (The South Carolina Review, 2006). Other endeavors include more then two dozen psychoanalytically-oriented papers authored or co-authored by him, which have appeared in journals published in North America, Europe and Israel. Several have been translated into French, German and Hebrew. His wife, Sybil A. Ginsburg, M.D., who is affiliated with the Emory University Psychoanalytic Institute shares an interest in such scholarly pursuits.
Chapter 1 List of Illustrations Chapter 2 Acknowledgements Part 3 Part A Chapter 4 Straddling Latitude 43 Degrees North Chapter 5 A "Thumb Nail" Sketch of 19th-Century Jewish Activism in Upstate New York Before the Fin-de-siecle Decade Part 6 Part B Chapter 7 A Jewish Orphanage Chapter 8 The Jewish Tidings Chapter 9 Betwixt and Between Part 10 Part C Chapter 11 Pre-Adolescent Truants or Rascal Lads Chapter 12 "Willie Provol, the Syracuse Match Peddler, Arrested for Looting Jamesville Carpenter Shop" Chapter 13 Erie Canal Circus-Boat Performer and Cayuga Lake Steam-Boat Concessionaire Chapter 14 Other Adolescent and Early Adult Pursuits Part 15 Part D Chapter 16 Syracuse's 'Der Rabbiner' Chapter 17 M. Peissackwotch = "The Passover-Watcher" = 'Herr M' Chapter 18 The Kier Brothers Part 19 Part E Chapter 20 Young Men's Hebrew Associations Chapter 21 Jewish Chautauqua Society Chapter 22 College-based Organizations Chapter 23 U.S.S. Olympia Chapter 24 Ripening of Ecumenical Dialogue Part 25 Part F Chapter 26 The Fresh Air Fund Chapter 27 A Model Non-Sectarian Entity Chapter 28 A Repentant Son? Chapter 29 The Republic's 'Color-Blind' Character Part 30 Part G Chapter 31 Epilogue Part 32 Appendixes Chapter 33 1. "Daddy's Prophecy" Chapter 34 2. October 9, 1899 letter from Richard Feinberg to William R. George Chapter 35 3. Glossary Chapter 36 Bibliography Chapter 37 About the Author