By Marc D. Angel
Original yr of publication: 1982
the tale of the Jewish immigration to the us within the early years of the century has been absolutely defined in quite a few courses. much less popular is the tale of the greater than 25,000 Levantine Sephardim who entered the USA among 1899 and 1925. los angeles the US, the Judeo-Spanish-language nationwide weekly newspaper based in 1910 is a welcome contribution to an figuring out of this lengthy ignored element of the yank Jewish event. Rabbi Angel discovers within the newspaper stories and editorials and brings to the readers" realization the interesting historical past of yankee Sephardic Jews.
The tale of the Jewish immigration to the us within the early years of the century has been totally defined in a number of courses. much less renowned is the tale of the greater than 25,000 Levantine Sephardim who entered the USA among 1899 and 1925. los angeles the USA, the Judeo-Spanish-language nationwide weekly newspaper based in 1910 is a welcome contribution to an figuring out of this lengthy ignored point of the yank Jewish event. Rabbi Angel discovers within the newspaper experiences and editorials and brings to the readers' awareness the attention-grabbing history of yankee Sephardic Jews.
In discovering an editorial concerning the Sephardim of the us, which seemed within the American Jewish 12 months ebook of 1973, I scanned via a couple of problems with l. a. the US, starting in 1910. As I quick reeled during the microfilms of the newspaper on the long island Public Library, I well-known instantly that there has been an excellent, shiny brain in the back of them. . . . In 1979, I received a collection of the microfilms of los angeles the US and spent many hours every day examining and copying. The paintings fed on me. Moise Gadol was once editor of los angeles the USA, the 1st Judeo-Spanish newspaper released within the usa, and as I learn his writings that had seemed from November 1910 till July 1925 I felt i used to be coming to grasp the fellow for my part. . . . Moise Gadol used to be possibly the best voice of the immigrant Sephardic neighborhood in the course of the years during which los angeles the US seemed. He used to be a heroic ﬁgure, even though seldom favored by way of a lot of his contemporaries. . . . This ebook is basically a research of the Judeo-Spanish-speaking Sephardim of recent York from 1910 till 1925 as noticeable in the course of the eyes of Moise Gadol and his newspaper, los angeles the United States. On its pages we will be able to see firsthand the struggles of the Sephardim to evolve to a brand new lifestyle. this can be the tale of a humans and of 1 guy, the outline of a sliver of background with ramifications that go beyond time.
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Benardete saw in Behar a fine example of a human being and also a classic Sephardic symbol. Influenced by the French culture of the Alliance, profoundly imbued with the spirit of Israel, the land of his birth, Nessim Behar spoke to the masses in Judeo-Spanish. In the slums of New York, this educated and noble man provided guidance and hope to a people desperately in need of such leadership. Aside from these outstanding men, there were a number of individuals who had been involved in the formation of Sephardic self-help societies.
Shall we have to depend on others? ” he asked. He called a meeting at the home of Binyamin Ouziel, at 167 Chrystie Street, to organize both a synagogue for the High Holy Days and a society. Another society was comprised of Spanish-speaking Sephardim from Dardanelles (Canakkale), Turkey. This society, the Mekor Hayyim (Source of Life), had a membership of 122 in 1913. It held a Purim celebration in 1914, attracting more than 400 people. Gadol, who was present, attributed the success of the party to the fact that the celebrants had paid to attend.
Gadol felt it was time for the societies to stop striving for preeminence. He urged them to unite and use the money raised by the Sephardim to the advantage of the entire community, rather than in the interests of the distinct societies. Gadol felt the Sephardim should conduct one or two dignified services and employ professional cantors. He recommended that the Sephardic community of New York have its own chief rabbi, preferably a man from Turkey, who would not only be a learned sage but a good singer.