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July 2024
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Mr. Yagoda in his very interesting “Lullaby of Tin Pan Alley” (October/ November 1983) tells us Al Jolson was snatched from a “Lower East Side Synagogue” to become a song plugger. Asa Yoelson came to this country from Russia at age four and settled with his family in Washington, D.C. Asa was snatched from a lower southwest Washington, D.C., synagogue to begin his journey to fame. Just like the Irish and Italians, not all Jewish immigrants getting off boats settled in New York City.

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