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.