The Greatest Generation

The Jewish Historical Society of Delaware is pleased to announce its 2018 Annual Meeting program, Remembering Jewish Delaware’s Greatest Generation

Join us on Sunday, April 29, 2018 at the Siegel Jewish Community Center at 101 Garden of Eden Road, Wilmington, DE 19803.  The annual meeting will begin at 1 o’clock PM and the program will follow.  Light refreshments will be served at the conclusion of the program.  The event is free and open to the public.

Take an inside look at the “Dear Mollye” collection with the Jewish Historical Society of Delaware’s archivist, Gail Pietrzyk.  We’ll tell the story of Mollye Sklut, who wrote to hundreds of men and women serving during WWII and go beyond to pay tribute to the many other heroic Delawareans who served and sacrificed for the war effort.  Learn about the Gold Star Mothers, who lost their sons in battle.  Honor those who earned Silver Stars, Purple Hearts, Distinguished Flying Crosses, and many other citations for bravery and courage.

Discover how letters and photographs stored for 75 years can come to life and the stories of long ago can inspire and enrich us today.

Post card from Leonard Cooper to Mollye Sklut, Under the K.P. tree
Post card from Leonard Cooper to Mollye Sklut, Under the K.P. tree

“These letters have everything,” says archivist Pietrzyk, “romance, humor, courage, and if you count KP duty, even the kitchen sink! “

This introduction will launch the JHSD’s web-exhibit for the “Dear Mollye” collection.  We hope visitors will share their memories, stories, and photographs to help us all preserve and remember the Greatest Generation.


Teaching the Holocaust

Space is still available for this workshop.  please reserve a space today.
The Delaware Historical Society
and the Jewish Historical Society of Delaware presents

Free Teacher WorkshopTeaching the HOLOCAUST
Echoes and Reflections

Saturday, March 18, 2017
10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Copeland Room I Delaware History Museum
504 N. Market Street, Wilmington, DE 19801
Light snacks and refreshments provided | Lunch on own

Stimulate student engagement, critical thinking skills, and an understanding of the relevance of the Holocaust through workshop exercises.

Every participant receives a free, comprehensive Teacher’s Resource Guide.

Aligns with National Standards.
Professional credits available through the Delaware Teacher Center.
Registration required or 302-295-2388, for more information.

Echoes and Reflections is a comprehensive Holocaust Education program that delivers professional development and a rich array of resources for middle and high school teachers.

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A joint program of the Anti-Defamation League USC Shoah Foundation, and Yad Vashem

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Dr. Roger Horowitz, Director of the Center for the History of Business, Technology, and Society at the Hagley Museum and Library


NEXT DATE: September 22, 2016  |  7 p.m.  |  Thursday

This lecture is open to the public.

Those planning to attend should r.s.v.p. to Carol Lockman, or call (302) 658-2400, ext. 243.

In his talk, Kosher USA, Dr. Roger Horowitz will follow the journey of kosher foods through the modern industrial food system. He will examine how the producers of iconic brands such as Coca-Cola and Jell-O attempted to make their products kosher and how kosher-specific products, such as Manischewitz wine, won over non-Jewish consumers (principally African Americans). Along this journey, there were contentious debates among rabbis over the incorporation of modern science into Jewish law, the techniques used by Orthodox rabbinical organizations to embed kosher requirements into food manufacturing, and continued difficulties encountered by kosher meat and other kosher foods that fell outside the American culinary consensus.

Roger Horowitz is a historian of American business, technology, and labor and an expert on the nation’s food. He has written widely about the consumption and production of meat in America. Most recently, his research has turned to kosher food, incited by powerful personal connections and intellectual curiosity. Dr. Horowitz is also the Director of the Center for the History of Business, Technology, and Society at the Hagley Museum and Library.

A Tribute to Toni Young on May 1, 2016

The Jewish Historical Society of Delaware will present a Tribute to Toni Young on Sunday, May 1, 2016 at the Delaware History Museum, 504 North Market Street, Wilmington, Delaware 19801 at 3:00 p.m. as part of its annual meeting.
The program is free and open to the public with parking available at the Colonial Parking lot on Shipley Street between 5th and 6th Streets.



Toni is being recognized for her timeless contributions to and leadership of the Grand Opera House, the Delaware Historical Society, the Jewish Federation of Delaware, and the Jewish Historical Society of Delaware, among other Delaware cultural heritage institutions. Author, researcher, generous financial contributor and community leader for over forty years, Toni has left an indelible mark on the Delaware community.
Beginning with The Grand Experience: A History of the Grand Opera House, published in 1976, Toni demonstrated the importance of preserving what is historically significant in our city and community. Her research on the history of the Grand Opera House and the monthly column she contributed to the Grand Opera’s programs had brought significant historical insights to many visitors and patrons of the arts.
Toni literally ‘wrote the book’ on the history of the Jewish community in Wilmington. Her study, Becoming American, Remaining Jewish: The Story of Wilmington, Delaware’s First Jewish Community, 1879-1924, published by the University of Delaware Press in 2000, remains the most significant contribution to the history of the Delaware Jewish community. As a board member of the Jewish Historical Society of Delaware since 1975 and president from 1978 to 1980, she has helped craft our understanding of our community’s history and helped to create meaningful relationships with other Delaware cultural institutions.
Toni has also served the community as president of the Jewish Federation of Delaware from 1993 to 1996 and was the first woman to hold this post.
Toni is currently a member of the Board of Trustees of the Delaware Historical Society and was recognized as the 2008 recipient of the Historical Society’s History Makers Award as one who has made extraordinary and lasting contributions to the quality of life in Delaware, our nation, and/or the world.
At this date, former Governor and Congressman, Honorable Michael N. Castle, is honorary chair for the event. The event chairmen, Dr. Barry Kayne and John Elzufon, report that Tribute speakers are expected to be Governor Jack Markell; Scott Loehr, Executive Director of the Delaware Historical Society; Dan Kristol, President of the Jewish Historical Society of Delaware; and John Elzufon, Past President of the Jewish Federation of Delaware. A tribute letter from Vice-President Joseph R. Biden, Jr., will be presented to Toni.
The Jewish Historical Society of Delaware plans to hold its short annual meeting to elect officers and directors and present an annual report preceding the Tribute.
Seating is limited in the Delaware History Museum Copeland Room and reservations are recommended. Please RSVP by April 30 to 302 655-6232, email or visit the website,
Refreshments will be provided after the Tribute in the newly-renovated city council chambers in the now adjoining Old Town Hall. The event is contemporaneous with the presentation of the Delaware Historical Society exhibit of Delaware Silver.
Founded in 1974, the Jewish Historical Society of Delaware acquires, preserves, and publishes materials pertaining to the history of Jewish settlement and life in Delaware. Membership in the Jewish Historical Society of Delaware is open to all who are interested in supporting its mission. To learn about becoming a member, e-mail