Sunday, September 29, 2013  1:30 pm   Rain or Shine

In September 1654, the first Jews sailed from Recife, Brazil and landed at a pier in Lower Manhattan.  The twenty-three men and women were of Sephardic ancestry, having fled the Iberian Peninsula in the wake of the Inquisition in 1492.

The tour will highlight the lives of these first Jews, the spot where they landed, the places they lived and worked, and the lives they led.

It will also emphasize the role of the Jewish community in the American Revolution and the part the Revolutionary War – and the nation’s fathers including George Washington – influenced the history of American Jewry.

And it will explore the rise of the Jewish community in New York and the early history of Jews in America.

Learn how 19th century German Jewish émigrés Jacob Schiff, Otto Kahn, August Belmont, Phillip Lehman, Marcus Goldman and Samuel Sachs reshaped Wall Street.

Listen to the words of Jewish writers like Emma Lazarus (19th c.) and Wendy Wasserstein (20th c.) – both single daughters of wealthy New York merchants – chronicled the American Jewish experience and help shape America’s view of immigration and the role of women.

And discover the story of how in 1948, Eddie Jacobson – a former business partner of Harry Truman – was instrumental in the creation of the State of Israel.

Led by attorney and walking-tour historian James S. Kaplan – who has been conducting tours of Lower Manhattan for over thirty years – the two-hour tour will cover upwards of two miles. Comfortable walking shoes and/or sneakers are recommended.

Meet in front of the Arrival Day Flag pole in Peter Minuit Park, directly in front of the Staten Island Ferry Terminal.  Pre-paid reservations ($20 per person) are required.

Please make your check payable to “TUJ” and send to:
Da’at Elohim: The Temple of Universal Judaism
1010 Park Ave
New York, NY 10028

Questions/Further Info:
Contact TUJ at 888-590-2791
or James Kaplan at 212-471-8546