|Statement||by Joshua L. Segal .|
|LC Classifications||F89.N5 S44 2004|
|The Physical Object|
|Pagination||iv, 20 p. :|
|Number of Pages||20|
|LC Control Number||2009277430|
This poem commemorates the small Jewish community who lived in Newport, Rhode Island between the mid 17th and early 19 th centuries. In their synagogue lay leader, Moses Seixas, presented a letter of welcome to our first president when he visited the city, taking occasion to express the Jewish community’s hope that the new government would respect religious freedom. Eventually, this first group of Jews built a Jewish cemetery in Newport in Two prominent Jews in the congregation, Moses Pacheco and Mordechai Campanal, purchased a lot for the cemetery. The Jewish Cemetery at Newport By Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. How strange it seems! These Hebrews in their graves, so old and brown, these poems and articles celebrate the interweaving of Jewish faith, cultural traditions, and literary history. Read More. In the summer of , Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, then serving as Harvard’s Smith Professor of Modern Languages, brought his family from Cambridge, Massachusetts down to Newport for a vacation. While walking the local streets, he became entranced with the old Jewish cemetery and prevailed upon the now elderly Gould to let him enter.
But during this visit, he discovered an old Jewish cemetery that dated back to pre-revolutionary days for the city’s small, and already long vanished, Sephardic Jewish community. The cemetery was associated with the nearby Touro Synagogue, the oldest surviving Jewish synagogue in the United States—and, in fact, all of North America. The touring book, by Rabbi Segal. This book is a self-guided tour for visitors to the Old Jewish Cemetery in Newport, RI. The cemetery is two blocks southeast from the Touro Synagogue at the intersection of Touro and Kay Streets, across the road from the Viking Hotel. It is the oldest extant Jewish cemetery in North America, dating to 1] "July 9, [Newport, R. I.] Went this morning into the Jewish burying-ground, with a polite old gentleman who keeps the key. There are few graves; nearly all are low tombstones of marble, with Hebrew inscriptions, and a few words added in English or Portuguese. The Jewish Cemetery in Newport: Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. Posted on Janu Many writers, and artists, too, have been inspired by these places — the Old Jewish Cemetery in Prague was the haunt of Romantics in the 19th century, for example, and the Dutch painter Jacob van Ruisdael painted this oil of a Jewish cemetery around
“The Jewish Cemetery at Newport” is about death and about the past. These are themes to which Longfellow was unusually sensitive among poets of his age. In the summer of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, vacationing with his family in Newport, Rhode Island, happened one day upon the old Jewish cemetery, established in Impressed by the quiet of the ancient burial ground amid the bustle of the busy seaport, he persuaded “Mr. Gould the Tailor, a polite old gentleman who keeps the key,” to. Jewish Tourist's Guide to U.S. Phila.: Jewish Publ. Soc., , p, Facsimile of the last part of the deed of purchase of the old Jewish cemetery in in Documents file at AJA. American Jewish Archives, Clifton Ave. Cincinnati, Ohio (tel); (fax). E-mail: AJA contact form. The Touro Synagogue or Congregation Jeshuat Israel (Hebrew: קהל קדוש ישועת ישראל) is a synagogue built in in Newport, Rhode is the oldest synagogue building still standing in the United States, the only surviving synagogue building in the U.S. dating to the colonial era, and the oldest surviving Jewish synagogue building in North on: Newport, Rhode Island, USA.