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American Jews, 350 years later

Powerline
reminds us that Jews are celebrating "their three-hundred and fiftieth anniversary here. The first Jewish community in North America was established in New Amsterdam (New York) in 1654. In 1658 fifteen Jewish families arrived in Newport, Rhode Island. By 1759 their numbers and resources had increased sufficiently that they undertook the construction of what has become America’s oldest synagogue, the Touro Synagogue of Newport." Powerline reflects on the invitation offered by Moses Seixas (which they reprint) and Washington’s justly famous response
. Dennis Praeger, reflecting on celebrating Hanukkah at the White House, explains why he has two fathers, George Washington and the patriarch Abraham. May God do good unto you.

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