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Joseph R. Brandon died on April 22, 1916 in San Leandro at the age of 88. He was buried at Hills of Eternity Cemetery in Colma, California. “An obituary noted that he was a fine Hebrew scholar, a writer on ethics and an authority on law. Brandon was the leading defender of the civil rights of California Jewry in the nineteenth century.”


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Dr. Yitzchok Levine served as a professor in the Department of Mathematical Sciences at Stevens Institute of Technology, Hoboken, New Jersey before retiring in 2008. He then taught as an adjunct at Stevens until 2014. Glimpses Into American Jewish History appears the first week of each month. Dr. Levine can be contacted at