Tablecloths have volumes of memories
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Tablecloths have volumes of memories

Linda Forgosh and Jill Hershorin (Courtesy JHS)
Linda Forgosh and Jill Hershorin (Courtesy JHS)

History comes in many forms, as illustrated by the Jewish Historical Society’s staff, Linda Forgosh and Jill Hershorin. The two women responded to a request from Harvard researcher, Tammy Hepps, to forward her photos of embroidered tablecloths made as fundraisers for Jewish organizations in Greater MetroWest for her talk at a genealogy conference. The JHS has two such tablecloths in its collections; one from B’nai B’rith’s Hillside chapter and the one shown in this photo, from Jewish Seniors of Irvington. Coincidentally, the historical society had featured an embroidered tablecloth that had been discovered at the back of a kitchen cabinet 25 years ago in an exhibit now hanging in Newark’s remaining synagogue, Ahavas Sholom. One of its congregants, Robert Steinbaum, hopes to get a picture of the tablecloth to send to Ms. Hepps.

The JHS prides itself on its customer service and hopes people will be inspired to donate personal collections that are connected to Greater MetroWest’s history. To become a donor or member of the Jewish Historical Society, email Linda Forgosh at lforgosh@jfedgmw.org.

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