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Hazak u'Barukh: to Jonathan De Sola Mendes

Published on Aug 23, 2018

Hazak u'Barukh to our honorary trustee, Col. Jonathan De Sola Mendes, who, at the Touro Synagogue's annual ceremony, read the letter from Moses Seixas that prompted President Washington's famous letter to the Jews of Newport about religious freedom.

Chatham Square Cemetery

The oldest of our extant cemeteries is known as the Chatham Square Cemetery.  It is located in Chinatown at 55 St. James Place.  The land was originally purchased in 1682 by Joseph Bueno de Mesquita. 

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Gershom Mendes Seixas

Gershom Mendes Seixas (1745-1816) was the first American-born spiritual leader of Shearith Israel.

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