Local History Speaker Series Welcomes Arlene Levinson

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The History Room Committee of the Hudson Area Library is pleased to welcome Arlene Levinson to the library on Thursday, September 10th at 6:00pm as the guest speaker in the Hudson Area Library’s Local History Speaker Series. Ms. Levinson will present the history of the Jewish community in Hudson from the late 1800’s and the founding of the Congregation Anshe Emeth.

Levinson is currently on the Board of Trustees at Congregation Anshe Emeth and served as past President of Sisterhood as well. A retired Columbia County Public Defender with a private law office for over 30 years in Hudson, she has been a member of the Congregation her entire life. Through much research she has gained many insights as to the history of the local families that she believes is relevant not only to the synagogue, but to the country and the world. The social impact of immigration from the late 1800’s and early 1900’s and its effects upon the local community, including the change from an orthodox to a conservative congregation will be discussed.

The presentation will be held on the first floor of the Hudson Area Library, with wheelchair access on the northeast side of the building. Admission is free and open to the public. Seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis.

The History Room Committee’s Local History Speaker Series offers monthly talks on diverse topics related to the history of Hudson, Greenport, Stockport, and Columbia County. The Hudson Area Library’s History Room houses a special collection that pertains to the history of the City of Hudson, as well as Columbia County and New York State. The History Room is open Tuesday evenings from 5:30-7:30pm, Saturdays from 10am-12pm, and by appointment. The Hudson Area Library is located at 400 State St. in Hudson, NY. The mission of the Hudson Area Library is to enrich the quality of life in the chartered service area by providing educational, recreational, aesthetic, cultural and informational programs, services, and materials to all our citizens. For more information: hudsonarealibrary.org or call (518) 828-1792.