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.

7 | The Story of This Book self- help organizations, since they could not easily fit into the ex-isting Jewish institutions. It was in May 1910 that Moise Salomon Gadol came to New York from his native Bulgaria in order to visit relatives. Gadol was then thirty- six years old. He was a successful businessman and his commercial dealings had given him the opportunity to travel through-out Europe. In the process of his studies and travels, he had mas-tered eleven languages. When Gadol arrived in New York, he was shocked to see the conditions in which people lived on the Lower East Side. In particu-lar, he was troubled by the plight of the Sephardic Jews, then num-bering perhaps ten thousand. The Sephardic immigrants were re-ceiving no assistance or guidance from any organization and had little idea of what services or opportunities were available to them. Unemployment was widespread. Visiting some of the Sephardic coffee shops and restaurants, Gadol found young men and women who idled their time away, not knowing where to find work nor how they might integrate themselves into the society they now found themselves in. Moise Gadol decided to abandon his commercial endeavors in Europe and settle in New York in order to devote himself to helping the Sephardim of the United States, particularly those living on the Lower East Side. On November 11, 1910, he published the first is-sue of a Judeo- Spanish weekly newspaper, La America, feeling that a newspaper would be the most effective means of educating the Sephardim. Gadol invested his time and money selflessly in order to make the newspaper survive. In spite of his efforts and financial sacrifices, he had to stop publication during several intervals, and was finally forced to terminate the newspaper altogether in July of 1925. Moise Gadol was perhaps the greatest voice of the immigrant Sephardic community during the years in which La America ap-peared. He was a heroic figure, although seldom appreciated by many of his contemporaries. And he was a tragic hero. The harsh condi-tions of immigrant life in New York brought out his greatness; but they ultimately destroyed him. This book is primarily a study of the Judeo- Spanish- speaking   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

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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 Jos 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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