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October 26, 1828. Joseph writes of his love for Julia and looks
forward to their wedding, which was to take place in New York
three months later. The couple were to live in Philadelphia a
life of financial wellbeing and communal leadership.
4. Sir Moses Montefiore, Ramsgate, England, to M. Heyman,
Sacramento, California, August 29, 1860: “In compliance with
your request I forwarded your remittance of £6 for the benefit
of the poor in Jerusalem to the Representatives of the different
congregations.”
5. Rabbi Isaac Mayer Wise, Albany, New York, to the Rev.
Isaac Leeser, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in the summer of
1849, in Judaeo-German (written in Hebrew letters), on matters
personal and professional.
Among other rabbinic letters are those written by Bernhard
Felsenthal, Max Lilienthal, Isador Kalisch, James K. Gutheim,
Henry Vidaver, Bernhard Illowy, Abraham Rice, Morris
Raphall, Samuel M. Isaacs, Julius Eckman, Moses Aronson,
Jacob Joseph and Barnard Leventhal.
Some of the more interesting documents touching on Jewish
life in 19th century America include:
1. A certificate of
Gerut
(conversion) written and issued by
the Rev. Isaac Leeser, July 8, 1844, to Sarah Phillips in Phil­
adelphia.
2. A
kabbalah
(certificate of religious authorization) for
shehita
(ritual slaughtering) granted to Mr. Goldfogle in Cincinnati, Si-
van 3, 1851, by a Bet Din (religious court of law) presided over
by Zadok Levi, an emissary from Jerusalem who was visiting
the community, and attested to by the Parnas (president) of
Congregation B’nai Israel.
3. A series of reports (in manuscript) of the visiting commit­
tees to the Jewish Foster Home of Philadelphia. The “Report
of the Fourth Committee consisting of Miss [Rebecca] Gratz,
Miss Bomeisler and Mrs. Wm. Florence, reported on July 31st,
1855, that it found the children all well and cleanly in their
appearance, and the house in excellent order . . . [but that] the
Matron has great trouble with Amelia Oppenheimer and Philip
Goodman being both disobedient and insolent to her.”
4.
Ketubah
(marriage contract) on parchment for the wedding
of Henry Hendricks and Harriet Tobias, Sivan 9 (June 10),
1829. Officiating was the Rev. Isaac B. Seixas of New York’s