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Unsung Hero: Reverend Arnold Fischel

Last month’s column outlined the struggle that took place at the beginning of the Civil War to get Congress to allow the appointment of Jewish army chaplains. Originally only Christian clergymen could serve as chaplains, and it was only as a result of pressure from the American Jewish community that in 1861 Congress passed a new law allowing ordained clergy of other religions to serve as chaplains. The Reverend Arnold (Adolph) Fischel (1830-1894) played a key role in this effort.

Columbus Day 1892 And The Jews Of New York

From these headlines it is clear that the 400th anniversary of Columbus discovering the New World was cause for great celebration by New York Jewry.

The Beginnings Of Jewish Education In New York

"Jewish communities from time immemorial have recognized educational institutions as the bedrock of Jewish continuity.

Maintaining Yiddishkeit In Colonial Times

It was not easy to maintain tradition and religious observance in the sparsely settled American colonies.

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