Heritage Celebration Programming, Jewish American Heritage Month: Jewish Immigration & the New York Garment Industry

Date and Time
Thursday, May 30, 2024, 5:30 - 6:30 PM
End times are approximate. Events may end early or late.


Fully accessible to wheelchairs
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Event Details

This is a hybrid program, it will be both in-person, and available via Google Meet.

Join the Todt Hill - Westerleigh Branch of the New York Public Library for a special presentation, Jewish Immigration & the New York Garment Industry. 

Within the City of New York, the garment industry has had a long history, especially within Manhattan's Garment District. The garment industry was, and continues to be, a crucial part of the commercial life of NYC, playing such an important role in the city’s identity. It is here that many of fashion's top designers have showrooms, production facilities, and support offices.

But did you know that this industry, whose first laborforce was mostly women, by the late 19th and early 20th century was predominately composed of Jewish immigrants? Join us as we host Aaron Welt, a historian of American Jewish History from Hunter College, as he discusses the impact of Jewish Immigration on this crucial part of New York City commerce, and how its effects are still seen today.


Aaron Welt is a historian of American Jewish history, with a focus on the themes of immigration and labor. He is currently writing a book on the role of organized crime in the American Jewish labor movement and business community in the early twentieth century. At Hunter, Aaron teaches courses on the Jewish History of New York City and Gender and Modern Jewish History. His work has been published in American Jewish History and the Journal of American Ethnic History.




Assistive Listening and ASL
ASL interpretation and real-time (CART) captioning available upon request. Please submit your request at least two weeks in advance by emailing accessibility@nypl.org.