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The Jewish Friends and Clients of Alexander Hamilton

A Community Shabbat Luncheon Featuring a Conversation Between Rabbi Soloveichik and Historian Andrew Porwancher

Saturday, December 9


Why cook when you and your invited guests can enjoy a stimulating event and an elegant community shabbat lunch?


This extraordinary event will reveal incredible, little known details about Alexander Hamilton's relationships with Jews in New York, mostly members of Shearith Israel. We will discuss fascinating court cases in which Alexander Hamilton represented Jews, and the story of Jews at Columbia College, Hamilton's alma mater. Questions to be addressed include: How friendly was Alexander Hamilton with New York's Jews? How did his Jewish friends help form his own views about the future of the United States? Most tantalizingly, what do these relationships tell us about Jewish links in Hamilton's own past?


Andrew Porwancher is the author of the forthcoming The Jewish Founding Father: The Secret Life of Alexander Hamilton, to be published by Harvard University Press. An assistant professor at the University of Oklahoma, he is currently a postdoctoral fellow at the Yeshiva University Straus Center's Program on Early America and the Jews.


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Early Bird Pricing (Until November 20):

Members: $55

Non-members: $62

Children under 12: $25


Regular registration (November 21- December 3):

Members: $59

Non-members: $67

Children under 12: $30


Procrastinators' Pricing (December 4 until Midnight, December 5):

Members: $63

Non-Members: $70

Children under 12: $30

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