East Brunswick Hadassah explores historic Roosevelt

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Roosevelt's cemetery reflected the artists' lives.PHOTOS SUBMITTED BY CHRISTINE SULLIVAN
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Friends Linda Rifkin, left to right, Rob Sullivan, Helen Divak, and Harriet and Arnold Karvasarsky marvel at the mural created by Ben Shahn. PHOTOS SUBMITTED BY CHRISTINE SULLIVAN
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Dian Perkel, chair of East Brunswick Hadassah, is greeted by Rabbi Moshe Hezrony. PHOTOS SUBMITTED BY CHRISTINE SULLIVAN
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Roosevelt's cemetery reflected the artists' lives.PHOTOS SUBMITTED BY CHRISTINE SULLIVAN
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Friends Linda Rifkin, left to right, Rob Sullivan, Helen Divak, and Harriet and Arnold Karvasarsky marvel at the mural created by Ben Shahn. PHOTOS SUBMITTED BY CHRISTINE SULLIVAN
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Dian Perkel, chair of East Brunswick Hadassah, is greeted by Rabbi Moshe Hezrony. PHOTOS SUBMITTED BY CHRISTINE SULLIVAN

Members and friends of the East Brunswick chapter of Hadassah explored historic Roosevelt on June 17, learning how Roosevelt was created through Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s New Deal to house Jewish artisans and garment workers who had lived in the overcrowded slums of New York City. The utopian plan included a central city, surrounded by modest homes with farms and factories on the outskirts. Roosevelt’s public school housed the 12-foot by 45-foot mural created by artist Ben Shahn, which depicted the immigrant experience and inspired by the Exodus. Of special interest was the graveyard with unique tombstones.