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.

2 In the Beginning Albert Amateau reminisces about his first encounter with Moise Gadol: “ I can see it as in a dream, but I have to close my eyes to recapture the scene. It was mid afternoon of an unseasonably cold day in September 1910. My unheated tenement room on Forsyth Street on the East Side in lower Manhattan compelled me to seek comfort in A. Levy’s coffeehouse a block away on Chrystie Street. The place was almost full of fellow Sephardic immigrants seated around tables playing cards, dominoes, or backgammon and sip-ping Turkish coffee or tea. The doors were closed to keep in what-ever heat was emitted by the gas heater in the center of the large room. “ The few nonplayers like myself sat watching through the large plate- glass windows the parade of people walking carefully in the snow from the storm of the night before. A man who was wearing a heavy overcoat with an Astrakhan collar and a Russian- type calpac on his head pulled over his ears, and carrying a black, sil-ver- headed stick in his gloved hand, stopped in front of the coffee-house, peered through the window, hesitated a moment, and then slowly opened the door and came in. The sudden draft of cold air caused everyone to look to the door. Instant suspicion was stamped on every face. He was an ajenou— a stranger— whom no one rec-ognized. He spoke in a strangely accented Judeo- Spanish: ‘ Mi   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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