By Marc D. Angel
Original 12 months of publication: 1982
the tale of the Jewish immigration to the U.S. within the early years of the century has been totally defined in numerous guides. much less popular is the tale of the greater than 25,000 Levantine Sephardim who entered the USA among 1899 and 1925. l. a. the United States, the Judeo-Spanish-language nationwide weekly newspaper based in 1910 is a welcome contribution to an knowing of this lengthy overlooked element of the yank Jewish event. Rabbi Angel discovers within the newspaper studies and editorials and brings to the readers" awareness the attention-grabbing background of yank Sephardic Jews.
The tale of the Jewish immigration to the USA within the early years of the century has been totally defined in various courses. much less popular is the tale of the greater than 25,000 Levantine Sephardim who entered the USA among 1899 and 1925. l. a. the United States, the Judeo-Spanish-language nationwide weekly newspaper based in 1910 is a welcome contribution to an knowing of this lengthy missed element of the yankee Jewish event. Rabbi Angel discovers within the newspaper reviews and editorials and brings to the readers' awareness the interesting historical past of yank Sephardic Jews.
In studying a piece of writing in regards to the Sephardim of the USA, which seemed within the American Jewish 12 months booklet of 1973, I scanned via a few problems with los angeles the US, starting in 1910. As I fast reeled during the microfilms of the newspaper on the big apple Public Library, I famous without delay that there has been an excellent, vivid brain at the back of them. . . . In 1979, I got a collection of the microfilms of l. a. the United States and spent many hours on a daily basis analyzing and copying. The paintings fed on me. Moise Gadol used to be editor of los angeles the United States, 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 understand the fellow individually. . . . Moise Gadol was once maybe the best voice of the immigrant Sephardic group through the years during which l. a. the USA seemed. He used to be a heroic ﬁgure, even if seldom preferred by means of a lot of his contemporaries. . . . This booklet is essentially a learn of the Judeo-Spanish-speaking Sephardim of latest York from 1910 until eventually 1925 as visible in the course of the eyes of Moise Gadol and his newspaper, los angeles the United States. On its pages we will see firsthand the struggles of the Sephardim to conform 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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Extra info for La America: The Sephardic Experience in the United States
The Sephardic immigrants brought to the New World the mentality that was prevalent in Turkey and the Balkan countries. The pages of La America reflected the old and the new attitudes toward women. Gadol himself rejoiced in the fact that girls were able to receive the same education as boys in the public schools of the United States and he was generally sympathetic to the idea of allowing women more freedom. Gadol printed several articles signed by “a suffragette” that argued in favor of women’s suffrage.
This society established a Judeo-Spanish club in April 1911 to assist the Sephar-dim. The club had the backing of the New York Kehillah and was to serve as a literary society and provide English classes. David de Sola Pool, then the assistant rabbi of Congregation Shearith Israel, addressed the club at one of its early meetings to encourage the cultural progress of its members. Individuals were required to pay twenty-five cents per month to be in this club. Apparently, however, it was a short-lived venture.
Another Greek-speaking society, the Tikvah Tovah (Good Hope), was founded on September 14, 1907, and incorporated on September 22, 1908. It included a number of Jews from Janina as well as some from Smyrna (now Izmir, Turkey), Salonika, Kastoria, and elsewhere. This society cooperated with the Janina society, Ahava Ve-Ahvah. In December 1910 Tikvah Tovah claimed a membership of about one hundred and twenty-five. Ahavath Shalom (Love of Peace) of Monastir was founded in 1907 and incorporated in 1910.
La America: The Sephardic Experience in the United States by Marc D. Angel