Why did early Jewish settlers choose to settle in Woodstock and Harrisonburg, Virginia? Why did Harrisonburg become the center of the largest and most active Jewish community in the Valley? What has been the impact and influence of a Jewish presence in the Shenandoah Valley? Few answers are found in the oral traditions and documents of early histories that focus primarily on the establishment of the congregation. This work attempts to identify as many early Jewish immigrants as possible and to learn more about their lives and connections to later arrivals.
With index, footnotes, and images.