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The Proposed Touro Monument (Part I)

After his marriage he was successfully engaged in the lumber business.

Dr. Aaron Friedenwald: 19th Century Orthodox Physician (Part II)

He wrote a strong defense of shechitah in which he maintained that the Jewish method of slaughter had a humanitarian influence on the Jewish people.

Dr. Aaron Friedenwald: 19th Century Orthodox Physician (Part I)

This was a most unusual step to take in those days, given the difficulties of travel to Europe. Nonetheless, on May 1, 1860 he sailed from New York on the steamship Hammonia.

Jonas Friedenwald: Pillar Of Orthodoxy In 19th Century Baltimore

The ship’s captain apparently respected the Friedenwalds’ strict adherence to halacha because he allowed them to use his cabin for davening and other religious observances.

The American Indian: Descended From The Ten Lost Tribes? (Part II)

Penn wrote the following to a friend in England: “I found them [the Indians of the eastern shore of North America] with like countenances with the Hebrew race; and their children of so lively a resemblance to them that a man would think himself in Duke’s place, or Barry street, in London, when he sees them.”

The American Indian: Descended From The Ten Lost Tribes? (Part I)

There were many who believed that some North America Indians were descended from Jews.

A Jewish Calendar For Fifty Years

One might think to attribute the crudeness of the calendar to the fact that it was produced by a frontier community unable to calculate a more precise table.

Hazzan Abraham Lopes Cardozo

“Throughout his life, he observed Tisha B’Ab as the Nahalah (anniversary) for all of his relatives who were murdered, as this is the national Jewish day of mourning.

Israel Rokeach (1841 – 1933): Founder of I. Rokeach & Sons

Practically to his last days the patriarchal founder was at his office almost daily and took an active interest in all matters connected with the business.

Jonas Phillips: Patriotic Colonial Jewish Businessman

In 1787 Jonas wrote a letter to Congress asking that the federal Constitution guarantee religious liberty in the state of Pennsylvania.

Jonas Phillips: Orthodox Colonial Businessman

Like many of his contemporaries, he went through some hard years, but eventually he earned the rewards of his perseverance and integrity.

Gershom Mendes Seixas: American Patriot (Part III)

These letters give us the privilege of knowing him in his old age when he is mellow, tempered in his judgments, and sagacious from long experience of dealing with people.

Gershom Mendes Seixas, American Patriot (Part Two)

The British evacuated New York on November 25, 1783, and Congress demobilized the American army shortly thereafter.

Gershom Mendes Seixas, American Patriot

“Simple, modest, altogether unassuming, Gershom spent his happiest hours with his ever-growing family who were never far from his thoughts.

Jewish Agricultural Colonies in America (Part III)

“Attuned to the ideal of establishing a new Zion in free America, they named their new colony Palestine.

Jewish Agricultural Colonies In America (Part II)

Last month’s column outlined some efforts during the first half of the nineteenth century to establish Jewish agricultural colonies in America. In only one case was a colony actually established.

Jewish Agricultural Colonies In America (Part I)

There were very few Jewish farmers in Europe during the seventeenth, eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. Indeed, in many parts of Europe Jews were forbidden to own land. Despite this there were some Jews who always felt they should return to the agrarian way of life their forefathers had pursued in ancient times, and that America was an ideal place to establish Jewish agricultural colonies.

Adolphus S. Solomons: A Founder Of The American Red Cross

The President having signed the Treaty of the Geneva Conference and the Senate having, on the 16th instant, ratified the President's actions, the American Association of the Red Cross, organized under provisions of said treaty, purposes to send its agents at once among the sufferers by the recent floods, with a view to the ameliorating of their condition so far as can be done by human aid and the means at hand will permit. Contributions are urgently solicited.

Adolphus S. Solomons: Friend Of President Lincoln

Last month’s column sketched the myriad of social programs in which the Orthodox American communal worker and leader Adolphus S. Solomons (1826-1910) was involved. Adolphus married Rachel Seixas Phillips (1828-1881), a descendant of colonial patriot families and together they had eight daughters and a son.

Adolphus S. Solomons: Forgotten 19th Century Communal Activist

There are many observant Jews who contributed much to secular and Jewish life in America and yet have, unfortunately, been essentially forgotten. One such man is Adolphus Simson Solomons (1826-1910).

Dr. D. Peixotto And The 1832 New York Cholera Epidemic

Cholera was officially recognized to be of epidemic proportions in New York City on June 26, 1832. The epidemic was at its peak in July and 3,515 out of a population of about 250,000 died. (The equivalent death toll in today’s city of eight million would exceed 100,000.) Sadly, in 1832 there were no effective treatments available for those who contracted this disease.

Reverend Henry Pereira Mendes – Safeguarding Orthodox Judaism (Part III)

As this is our third column on the Reverend Dr. Henry Pereira Mendes, we’ll begin with a summary of his life.

Reverend Henry Pereira Mendes: Man Of Chesed (Part II)

In last month’s column we traced the early career of Reverend Dr. Henry (Chaim) Pereira Mendes and described his extraordinary service to Congregation Shearith Israel in New York where he served as hazan (chazzan) and minister from 1877 to 1923 and then as minister emeritus from 1924 until his passing in 1937.

Reverend Henry Pereira Mendes: Orthodox Stalwart (Part I)

Beginning around 1840 the Reform movement began asserting itself as a major force in American Judaism. Indeed, with the rising tide of Reform during the nineteenth century it looked as if Orthodox Judaism might disappear. Many synagogues that had been founded by observant Jews and had remained for years true to halacha found their memberships increasingly calling for the institution of reforms and the abandonment of commitment to authentic Judaism.

Manuel Josephson, Orthodox American Patriot

Last month we sketched the life of Manuel Josephson (1729-1796), who immigrated to New York in the 1740s. Manuel was one of the few learned Jews residing in America in the 18th century. His talents were recognized by Congregation Shearith Israel, and he served on the synagogue’s bet din for several years and as its parnas (president) in 1762. He earned his living as a merchant.

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