The congregation of Jews in Saratoga experienced many instances of anti-Semitic attitudes and activities. In response, many businesses were begun by Jewish entreprenures with not much more than sweat equity. They opened hotels, shops and professional businesses, serving not only Jewish customers but tourists and locals, as well.
For many Jewish families, the Waters were what originally drew them to Saratoga. Having immigrated from Eastern European countries where balneology and hydrotherapy were known and cherished medicinal remedies, members of the community actively participated in sharing their good fortune with others who could not come.
For Jewish tourists visiting the city, it was very important to them to be able to follow their religious dietary restrictions. To help them, lists were printed and handed out letting them know where their needs could be met.