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Marlene Trestman talk on children’s home this Thurs., Nov. 19

Marlene Trestman, the author of a soon-to-be released book on the Jewish Orphans Home and the later renamed Jewish Children’s Home, will be the featured speaker in a Zoom talk sponsored in part by the Museum of the Southern Jewish Experience. The event takes place on Thursday, Nov. 19 at 7:00 p.m. CST.

Proposed LSU Press book cover. (Photo via Marlene Trestman)

Titled “Most Fortunate Unfortunates: New Orleans’s Jewish Orphans’ Home, 1855-1946,” the book will be published by LSU Press, which published her last major academic work on labor lawyer Bessie Margolin.

Margolin was a resident of the home during her youth and received help prior to launching her storied legal career. Trestman, like Margolin, was a recipient of charitable help from Jewish Children’s Regional Service (JCRS), which took over the operations of the children’s home. The two met when Trestman was beginning her collegiate career 

The book, which is not slated for publication for at least another year, is shaping up nicely, according to Trestman, who recently spoke to the CCJN.

She had already made earlier presentations about the book at previous gatherings of the JCRS.  Originally scheduled for October 29, the presentation was rescheduled following the widespread loss of power across the region and lack of internet connectivity due to the effects of Hurricane Eta.

For information on how to participate in the Zoom gathering, contact the museum.

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