This may come as a surprise to you, but the old North End in Burlington used to be a Jewish community. Burlington has a remarkable Jewish heritage that enriches the cultural mosaic of Vermont to this day. In the late 19th century, many Eastern European Jews sought freedom from repression and came to North America. Some came from neighboring rural villages in Lithuania to Burlington, Vt., a busy lumber port at the time. Burlington was very rural in those days, and the countryside reminded them of home. Most of the first Jewish immigrants came to Burlington with next to nothing. With few options for work open to them, many became peddlers, walking miles with back-breaking packs.
A new film called "Little Jerusalem" captures the historical stories and memories of the town and people living in it. The film uses archival images and interviews with historians and descendants of the original settlers. David Hershberg appears in the film as himself. He grew up in the Little Jerusalem and shares his experiences. Also the producer of the film, Dorothy Dickie, joined to reflect insight on the makings of the film and purpose of the topic. Watch the video for more.
Little Jerusalem premieres on VPT December 6, 2012 at 8 p.m. Additional broadcasts include December 8 at 5:30 p.m. and December 10 at 9 p.m. DVDs are also available.
Saturday, March 8 2014 10:21 AM EST2014-03-08 15:21:27 GMT
Two firefighters are recovering from minor injuries. They were injured while fighting a at the Bennett Farm on Route 15 on the Johnson-Cambridge town line. The fire started in a shed around 7:30 FridayMore >>
Two firefighters are recovering from minor injuries.More >>
Saturday, March 8 2014 10:20 AM EST2014-03-08 15:20:42 GMT
Friends are rallying around families who lost everything in an apartment building fire in St. Johnsbury. They immediately took to Facebook after hearing about this fire and started planning to collectMore >>
Friends are rallying around families who lost everything in an apartment building fire in St. Johnsbury.More >>
Saturday, March 8 2014 10:20 AM EST2014-03-08 15:20:05 GMT
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Saturday, March 8 2014 10:19 AM EST2014-03-08 15:19:21 GMT
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A national organization based in Danville says it is providing resources to people in desperate need to find water.More >>
Saturday, March 8 2014 8:31 AM EST2014-03-08 13:31:36 GMT
The Governor is traveling to Rhode Island Saturday. His office says Governor Peter Shumlin will be at Brown University in Providence taking part in a forum with the Rhode Island Governor. While theMore >>
The Governor is traveling to Rhode Island Saturday. More >>
Saturday, March 8 2014 8:17 AM EST2014-03-08 13:17:30 GMT
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Friday, March 7 2014 7:28 PM EST2014-03-08 00:28:44 GMT
Williston Police say, the powder was from a generic prescription medication. They say, the man was from Burlington and had the paperwork in his pocket with his medicine and that's how it got on there. More >>
Williston Police say, the powder was from a generic prescription medication. They say, the man was from Burlington and had the paperwork in his pocket with his medicine and that's how it got on there.More >>