The Rise and Washout of a Jewish Beach

By Lionel Sasson

Eugene Borowitz, May 26, 1978

The author recounts the story of Rabbi Lazar Kahanow's quest to set up a gender-segregated beach to serve the Orthodox community in Long Beach, NY -- part of a plan to enhance Jewish life in the economically depressed town, and draw more residents from New York's Orthodox Jewish population. Opposition from other residents and sectors of government, along with poor communications with a contractor and the natural results of the tides, literally tore down the mechitza (gender separating fence) on the day it was erected, the author explains.

Topic: Halakha, Jewish Law, Gender, Antisemitism, Culture, Orthodox Judaism, Religious Observance, Haredi (Ultra-Orthodox) Judaism, Politics, Recreation, Political Behavior, Cities and Suburbs, Religion and State

Name of Publication: Sh'ma: A Journal of Jewish Ideas

Editor: Borowitz, Eugene B.

Volume/Issue: Vol.8/no.155

Page Number(s): 139-144

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Genre: Article

Coverage: Long Beach, New York , United States

Language: English

Copyright Holder: Publisher

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Bibliographic Information:
Sasson, Lionel. The Rise and Washout of a Jewish Beach. Sh'ma: A Journal of Jewish Ideas. Eugene Borowitz. 26 May 1978: 139-144.


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