The Jews of Long Island


By Brad Kolodny

Subjects: Jewish Studies, New York/regional, General Interest
Series: Excelsior Editions
Imprint: Excelsior Editions
Paperback : 9781438487229, 328 pages, March 2022
Hardcover : 9781438487236, 328 pages, March 2022

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Table of contents

List of Illustrations


1. In the Beginning . . .

Part I: Nassau County

2. Cedarhurst: Including Lawrence and Woodmere

3. Freeport: Including Roosevelt and Wantagh

4. Glen Cove: Including Brookville, Locust Valley, Oyster Bay, and Sea Cliff

5. Hempstead: Including Franklin Square and Malverne

6. Rockville Centre: Including Baldwin, Lynbrook, and Valley Stream

7. Central Nassau: Including Central Park (Now Bethpage), Farmingdale, Floral Park, Hicksville, Mineola, New Hyde Park, and Westbury

8. The Gold Coast: Including Great Neck, Manhasset, Port Washington, Roslyn, Roslyn Harbor, Roslyn Heights, and Sands Point

Part II: Suffolk County

9. Bay Shore: Including Central Islip, Deer Park, East Islip, and Islip

10. Greenport: Including Southold

11. Huntington: Including Fairground (Now Huntington Station) and Halesite

12. Kings Park: Including Commack, East Northport, Elwood, Northport, and Smithtown

13. Lindenhurst: Including Amityville, Babylon, and Copiague

14. Patchogue: Including Bellport, Brookhaven, Medford, Sayville, South Haven, and West Sayville

15. Riverhead: Including Calverton, Center Moriches, Eastport, East Quogue, Good Ground (Now Hampton Bays), Quogue, and Westhampton Beach

16. Sag Harbor: Including Amagansett, East Hampton, Shelter Island, and Southampton

17. Setauket: Including Port Jefferson and St. James

About the Author

The first comprehensive history of the development of early Jewish life on Long Island.


In an engaging narrative, The Jews of Long Island tells the story of how Jewish communities were established and developed east of New York City, from Great Neck to Greenport and Cedarhurst to Sag Harbor. Including peddlers, farmers, and factory workers struggling to make a living, as well as successful merchants and even wealthy industrialists like the Guggenheims, Brad Kolodny spent six years researching how, when, and why Jewish families settled and thrived there. Archival material, including census records, newspaper accounts, never-before-published photos, and personal family histories illuminate Jewish life and experiences during these formative years. With over 4,400 names of people who lived in Nassau and Suffolk counties prior to the end of World War I, The Jews of Long Island is a fascinating history of those who laid the foundation for what has become the fourth largest Jewish community in the United States today.

Brad Kolodny is president and founder of the Jewish Historical Society of Long Island and the author of Seeking Sanctuary: 125 Years of Synagogues on Long Island.


"…The Jews of Long Island represents a thorough documentation of a set of local communities, and provides a valuable compilation of material for those interested in delving further into an examination of Long Island's rich Jewish past." — H-Net Reviews (H-Judaic)

"Brad Kolodny's extensive work is a scrupulous masterpiece about the early years of Jews in Long Island. It gives a new life, background and understanding to how people, who are no longer among the living, used to be connected to each other … His deep research and understanding bring an important treasure to the Jewish world." — AJL News and Reviews

"At its core, the book is a work of investigative journalism that gives new life to people long gone." — Dan's Papers

"A well-illustrated and painstakingly researched chronicle that teaches us more than we have ever known about the early Jews of Long Island." — Jonathan D. Sarna, University Professor and Joseph H. & Belle R. Braun Professor of American Jewish History, Brandeis University

"Brad Kolodny exhibits his thorough research and engaging narrative in detailing the origins of our Jewish community. His knowledge and dedication showcased in this book is a gift for Jews everywhere." — Rabbi Joel Levenson, President, Long Island Board of Rabbis

"Kolodny's blend of narrative and visual portraits illuminate a third center of New York Jewish culture, religion, and commerce that bloomed in the late nineteenth century alongside oft-spotlighted Manhattan's Harlem and Lower East Side." — Shira D. Epstein, Dean, William Davidson Graduate School of Jewish Education and Assistant Professor, Jewish Theological Seminary