Foreword: Joseph Berger
By (photographer) Norman Borden
Norman Borden is a photographer and writer who earned his B.A. from the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill and honed his photographic skills at the International Center of Photography in New York City and the Maine Media Workshops. Responsible for the contemporary photographs in this book, he has exhibited his work at the Washington Square East Galleries and at Soho Photo Gallery in NYC where he is on the board of directors. A native New Yorker, Norman lives conveniently near the Lower East Side, which facilitated his documenting a close-up view of the neighborhood and its synagogues, as well as the opportunity to record the many important changes that have occurred in recent years.
By (photographer) Jo Renee Fine
Jo Renee Fine, Ph.D., is Director of Training and Content Development at Harris, Rothenberg International. She is a trainer and educator with more than 30 years of program development and management experience in both the private and nonprofit sectors.
By (author) Gerard R. Wolfe
Gerard R. Wolfe, PhD, is an architectural historian and former administrator and Professor of Romance Languages at New York University and at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. He has written a number of books on a variety of subjects, including the original version of The Synagogues of New York's Lower East Side, published in 1978 by NYU Press. Among his more recent books are: New York: A Guide to the Metropolis, Chicago: In and Around the Loop, New York: 15 Walking Tours, Twenty-four essays for The Encyclopedia of New York City, and The House of Appleton, the history of a major book publisher.
Professor Wolfe was the recipient of a number of academic awards, among which, "An Award for Excellence in Creative Programming" from the Governor of Wisconsin; he was designated "Professional Continuing Educator of the Year" by the University Continuing Education Association; and his Chicago guidebook was hailed as "Non-fiction Book of the Year 1998," by the Council for Wisconsin Writers.
He received special recognition for "Having Discovered and Organized a Program to Save the Eldridge Street Synagogue," held at the Synagogue's 100th Anniversary Celebration. Prof. Wolfe has also been recognized for being the first to offer historical-architectural walking tours of the Lower East Side.