Arthur Finkle, chair of the revitalized Trenton Jewish Historical Society, will offer a historical view of the community on Sunday, June 19, at 7:30 p.m. at Beth El Synagogue of East Windsor.
While doing archival research for the society, Finkle, whose roots in the city reach back three generations, realized there was no fully documented work on Trenton’s Jewish history — so he wrote one. The book that grew out of his studies, Trenton’s Jews: Beginning, Adaptation and Achieving the American Dream, was published in 2016 by Hadassa Word Press.
Finkle’s family arrived during the wave of immigration of Russian Jews between 1880 and 1914. His great-grandfather was president of the first Trenton congregation, Brothers of Israel (founded in 1883 and now in Newton, Pa.), from 1890 to 1900, and president of the city’s second shul, Anshe Emes. His grandfather founded the Jewish Republican Club and Trenton’s Talmud Torah.
Finkle will also discuss the origins and history of Beth El at the program, which is sponsored by its Genealogy Club.
To RSVP call 609-443-4454 or visit bethel.net.