In historic Philadelphia, just blocks from Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell, stands a modest red brick building. Unlike the better-known historic sites, Congregation Mikveh Israel, a Sephardic Congregation at 44 North 4th Street, tells the history of a miniscule group of refugees who arrived in America not long after the Pilgrims.
After Portugal re-conquered Brazil from the Dutch in 1654, twenty-three men, women and children fled Recife, Brazil for New York…Continue
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I've posted about this elsewhere, but more evidence keeps coming my way. What I'm talking about is anti-semitism here in the U.S, specifically within the so-called "blogosphere." I wonder how much of this hatred spills over into our overall society.…Continue
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In 1776, as George Washington retreated across the Hudson River, Gershom Mendes Seixas, the spiritual leader of New York City's Shearith Israel synagogue, preached his last sermon before the temple closed. He urged his tearful congregants to relocate to Philadelphia to avoid capture by the British.
Some didn't. Most did, with many joining the rebel ranks. Eighty-year-old Daniel Gomez traveled to Philly with his grandson and namesake, offering to raise a militia. Told…Continue
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