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Benjamin N. Cardozo


Benjamin Nathan Cardozo (1870-1939) had a distinguished legal career. He was a successful attorney, highly versed in all aspects of the law. In 1913, he was elected to the New York Supreme Court, and two months later he was appointed to New York’s highest court, the Court of Appeals. He served on the Court of Appeals for twenty years, rising to the position of Chief Judge. In 1932, President Herbert Hoover nominated Cardozo to the United States Supreme Court, a position he held with great distinction. His deep learning, compassion, eloquence, and graceful writing style made him one of the most respected figures in American legal tradition.

In 1895, Cardozo participated in an important meeting of the Elector’s of Congregation Shearith Israel. He spoke impressively on the need for the congregation to maintain its historic traditions and to remain true to the customs and practices of the generations that had come before. His speech served to quell the calls for reform and to solidify the congregation’s commitment to its ancient traditions.

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. 

Uriah Phillips Levy

Uriah Phillips Levy, the first Jew to be promoted to Commodore in the United States Navy.