Pamela R Winnick's Blog (6)

Philadelphia's Congregation Mitveh Israel: The Spanish-Portuguese tradition of America's early Jews


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…


Added by Pamela R Winnick on August 3, 2011 at 10:56am — No Comments

North America's First Jewish Settlers

America's First Jewish Settlers,  Jews from Spain and Portugal

In September, 1654, on a warm sunny day, a ship known as the St. Catherine unloaded a group of refugees from Recife, Brazil onto the soil of Dutch-ruled…

Added by Pamela R Winnick on June 12, 2011 at 7:11pm — 1 Comment

Anti--Semitism in the US: Coming Back?

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.…


Added by Pamela R Winnick on April 10, 2011 at 1:30pm — 4 Comments

Benedict Arnold's Jewish Aide de Camp: Was David Salisbury Franks also guilty? (ongoing content)

Among the most fascinating and mysterious characters in the…


Added by Pamela R Winnick on April 9, 2011 at 3:30pm — 1 Comment

Jewish Patriots of the American Revolution, an ongoing series

Isaac Franks

In the late June of 1776, frightened residents of New York City—then just the lower tip of Manhattan—watched a flotilla of British ships cross the horizon and glide towards New York Harbor.  By then a least half the city’s population had fled…

Added by Pamela R Winnick on April 9, 2011 at 3:30pm — No Comments

The Vital Role of Jews During the American Revolution--Let's Celebrate Our Heritage!


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…


Added by Pamela R Winnick on April 4, 2011 at 4:00pm — No Comments

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