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Residents to relive roles in Israel's founding

Sarah Morrison

The Jewish Historical Society of Ocean County is celebrating Israel’s 60th birthday in a unique way. On Sept. 21, from 2:00 to 4:00 at the Lakewood Municipal Building the society is hosting eight panelists from the Ocean County area, all of which had a part in the founding of the State of Israel more

Locals look back on their roles in Israel’s founding

Seth Mandel

From liberated to liberator in a few short years, Ocean County resident Henry Shery reflected on his role in the founding of the state of Israel 60 years ago.
Shery, a Holocaust survivor, was liberated from Hanover, Germany in May 1945 by the U.S. Army. He and his uncle went to search for possible surviving family members in Bergen-Belsen, and along the way encountered British soldiers wearing the Star of David on their lapels. more

Lakewood's 'Golden Age of Hotels' revisited

by Seth Mandel

When Ben Pulcrano set out to write a book that would settle simple arguments about Lakewood, he found writing one to be much more than simple, but less than sufficient.
Pulcrano was a panelist Oct. 21 at a symposium sponsored by the Jewish Historical Society of the Jewish Federation of Ocean County on “The Golden Age of Hotels in Lakewood.” more
Farm buildings that once housed thousands of chickens on the property of Samuel and Beatrice Epstein, Old Freehold Road, Toms River

ALL ABOUT JEWISH FARMERS OF OCEAN COUNTY

Not more than 50 years ago, there were some two hundred Jewish-owned farms in Toms River alone, plus others scattered in Jackson, Lakewood and other towns in Ocean County. Because of their profusion, they were important in the social and economic history of the local Jewish people. Why were the farms here, and why did they disappear? A panel of native and long-time residents will discuss the subject at a symposium a Temple Beth Shalom, 1315 Whitty Road, Toms River, on Sunday, November 5, at 2:00 p.m. more

We need your help!


The Jewish Historical Society of the Jewish Federation of Ocean County 301 Madison Avenue, Lakewood, NJ 08701 Phone: 732.363.0530. One of our first projects to preserve the history of the Jewish people and Jewish community of Ocean County is the assembling of information about Jewish businesses that existed in the County over 50 years ago. The facts obtained so far are available for inspection by appointment at the Federation’s office at 301 Madison Avenue, Lakewood.

We would greatly appreciate the community’s assistance in enlarging the list by adding or correcting information about companies, people, places, dates, and/or by contributing pictures or other memorabilia. If you can help, please call the office at 732-363-0530 or visit and see the start that’s been made.

The Society is also seeking historical information and memorabilia about any aspect of Jewish life in the county including pictures, family trees or histories, event programs, the background of religious, fraternal, or charitable organizations, etc.- in short anything that adds to a picture of the life of our Jewish community.

We need researchers, a librarian, transcribers and anyone who can offer information or help. If you call the Federation, you will be contacted by a committee member of the Society.

Don’t let your or your family’s part in the county’s history just disappear.

If you would like to work with us or have information or memorabilia, please complete and send or call:

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Help us gather our Jewish history!

by Richard Turteltaub, Chair


Richard Turteltaub, Chair and Lenore Turteltaub, Co-ChairOur Jewish Historical Society is currently working on an enormous project to gather and record the history of the Jewish people of the county. To accomplish this end, we are doing an in depth study of Jewish vocations, organizations, and individuals and then preserving the data, memorabilia, oral histories, studies, etc. that has been gathered so that future generations will be able to relate to our forebears and the times in which they lived.

One of the first projects is the assembling of information about Jewish retail businesses that existed over 50 years ago. The facts obtained so far are available for inspection at the Federation office at 301 Madison Avenue, Lakewood. We would greatly appreciate the community’s assistance in enlarging the list by adding or correcting information about companies, people, places, dates, and/or by contributing pictures or other memorabilia. If you can help, please call the office at 732.363.0530 or visit and see the start that has been made.

While the next area of concentration will be Jewish farmers, the Society is also seeking historical information and memorabilia about any aspect of Jewish life in the county including pictures, family trees or histories, event programs, the background of religious, fraternal, or charitable organizations, etc. – in short anything that adds to a picture of the life of our Jewish community. If you call the Federation, a committee member of the Society will contact you.

Do not let your or your family’s in the county’s history just disappear.