George Washington's Letter to the Jewish Community
Panelists discuss George Washington’s letter to the Jewish congregation in Newport, Rhode Island in which he spoke of religious tolerance. The panelists also discuss the greater context of early Judeo-American history. Dr. Louise Mirrer spoke about “The Spanish Roots of Colonial American Jewry,” Professor Sarna about “George Washington’s correspondence with the Jews of Newport: Its background, meaning and larger significance,” and Rabbi Dr. Soloveichik on “Washington’s Letter and Religious Freedom in America: Yesteryear and Today.” close
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Louise Mirrer President and CEO New York Historical Society
Shalom Morris Rabbi Congregation Shearith Israel (New York, NY)
Jonathan D. Sarna Chief Historian National Museum of American Jewish History
Meir Y. Soloveichik Director Yeshiva University->Straus Center for Torah and Western Thought
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