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The Apple Tree Series is a four book series about a Jewish immigrant family, who comes to America in 1910 seeking religious freedom and golden opportunities. The family moves from the Lower East Side of New York City to the Catskill Mountains in Upstate New York for fresh country air. Papa is too sick to work. Set against a backdrop of Mountaindale, a quaint hamlet located within the township of Fallsburg, this quartet follows the Bieman family in the Catskills over four generations through the twentieth century. Recounting the immigrant experience to a new generation and introducing the Catskills as the home and vacation destination for millions of people during the last century, the series is filled with spirit and spirituality, humor and heart.

These stories also detail the importance of the Catskill Mountains in Jewish American History. From the humble beginnings as farms and boardinghouses to bungalow colonies and small hotels, the Catskills developed into the greatest of the East Coast’s legendary resorts and celebrated grand hotels. Each of the four books is seen through the eyes of a twelve-year-old Bieman child over four generations and is set during one of the four seasons within a different time period in history. Each work also incorporates the spirit of a seasonal Jewish holiday and a family immigrant story. A common thread is that families and friends come together to celebrate the holidays and embrace America as a great nation of immigrants. Although written for children, the universal themes make this series appropriate for adults and children of all races and all faiths.

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