Central Florida's Independent Jewish Voice

Jews in the Land of Disney: Laurence Morrell - self-proclaimed 'last of the Jewish rednecks'

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Laurence Morrell is very proud that he considers himself, "the last of the Jewish rednecks." He's proud because he's worked hard outside in the elements, in the fields of orange groves that once dotted the landscape of central Florida. In the scheme of things, it wasn't that long ago.

At 78, he has been a part of the early migrations of Jews in the Orlando area. His grandfather, Abraham M. Bornstein, was in the textile industry in Lodz, Poland, before coming to Paterson, N.J., nicknamed "Silk City," where he worked in the silk textile industry with relatives. After suffering throug...


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