La America: The Sephardic Experience in...

The story of the Jewish immigration to the United States of the Levantine Sephardim who entered the United States between 1899 and 1925.

1 The Story of This Book Friday, June 13, 1941, was a gray, rainy day. A group of Sephardic Jews braved the downpour to attend a funeral at the Zion Memo-rial Chapel, at 41 Canal Street in the Lower East Side of New York. The deceased was Moise Gadol. Gadol’s wife had died in 1933; they had had no children. Sev-eral nephews and nieces, some acquaintances from the past, and a curious onlooker or two paid their last respects to Moise Gadol. The eulogy was delivered by the chief rabbi of the Central Sephardic Jewish Community of America, the distinguished scholar and au-thor. Rabbi Nissim Ovadia. He spoke briefly, indicating that he had hardly known the deceased but that he was sure Gadol had done various good deeds during his lifetime. The burial was at Mt. Zion cemetery in Queens. It was not possible to arrange for Gadol to be buried next to his wife, so he was interred in a family plot belonging to relatives. The grave was not part of a Sephardic section of the cemetery— nearly all the graves in the area were of Ashkenazic Jews. Until his death, Gadol had lived alone in very poor conditions. During the last eight years of his life, following the death of his wife, he was melancholy, dyspeptic, and subject to fits of madness. Some questioned his sanity. A Sephardic woman who had operated a res-taurant that Gadol frequented recalls that the customers used to rid-   C h a p t e r Home  | T O C  | I n d e x This Scholar PDF version is for use on stand- alone, non- institutional computers only. Printed editions of this book may be available at www. publishersrow. com

La America: The Sephardic Experience in the United States


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Front MatterLa America: front pageTitle PageCopyright PageContentsAcknowledgmentsThe Story of This BookIn the BeginningOrganizations and DisorganizationA Hispano-Levantine CommunityToward a Unified CommunityOld and New Sephardim MeetThe Struggles of La AmericaZionism among the SephardimEconomic LifeThe Sephardic Diaspora in the U.S.The Next GenerationsEpilogueNotesBibliographyIndexIllustrationsMoise Gadol, the editor of La America.Albert Amateau, one of the chief protagonists in Gadol's dispute with La VaraProfessor Mair José Benardete, Sephadic philogist.Henry S. Hendricks,Albert Torres, publisher of La Vara.Rev. Dr. Henry Pereira Mendes and Rev. Joseph de Abraham BenyunesThe Angel family and neighborsThe Progressive Jewish Boys ClubThe Alba Sephardie Club in the early 1920sCongregation Shearith IsraelThe interior of Shearith IsraelThe synagogue of the Janina Jewsthe site of the Shearith Israel Sisterhood's settlement houseThe building of the Sephardic Brotherhood
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