Suffolk County Historical Society — Book & Bottle / Synagogues of Long Island, June 7


SYNAGOGUES of Long Island


A book talk with author Ira Poliakoff

Thursday, June 7, 2018 – 6:00 PM

Members Free; Non-Members $5
Incudes wine & cheese, book sale and signing, and admission to current exhibits!

RSVP Requested: 631-727-2881 x100

Long Island has one of the largest and most vibrant Jewish communities in the nation. After World War II, hundreds of thousands of Jewish soldiers returned home from war looking for a life in the suburbs and synagogues to join. The Jewish population of Suffolk County increased from 5,000 in 1939 to over 85,000 by 2012. Author Ira Poliakoff, returning to his childhood home, Long Island, to research the histories of more than 250 synagogues, will discuss his findings and how synagogues and congregations have shaped Long Island past and present.

THE AUTHOR Ira Poliakoff is a retired small business owner who grew up in Manhattan and Rockville Centre and attended Hofstra University. He served as youth director at the Oceanside Jewish Center, Temple Solom of Westbury, and Queensboro Hill Jewish Center in the 1960s. Ira has lived in Wynnewood, Penn., with his wife for forty years and is an active member of Temple Beth Hillel-Beth El. His book Synagogues of Long Island was published in 2017 by History Press.



The Suffolk County Historical Society hosts lectures and book discussions by noted local historians and authors on subjects related to Long Island’s rich history. Lectures are held in our beautiful Noel J. Gish Gallery. Visit our website for our Book & Bottle schedule.


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