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New Zealand's First Jew
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Meet Waewaeroa, New Zealand’s First Jew

By On October 9, 2015

With Columbus Day on the mind, we’re wondering: Could there have been a better way? It turns out a 19th-century Jewish businessman has some interesting lessons for us from an unexpected place:… Read More

The First Jew Scalped for America
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The First Jew Scalped for America

By On January 8, 2015

Francis Salvador was a man of firsts. Salvador was born in 1747 to the wealthy Sephardic owners of a shipping firm. Struggling to rebuild their fortune after an earthquake in Lisbon destroyed… Read More

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When Colonists Thought the Indians Were Lost Jews

By On November 27, 2014

Looking at Jews and Native Americans side by side, you might think there’s no way to mix up the two cultures. Yarmulkes and eagle-feather headdresses look quite different, after all. But some early colonial Americans thought,… Read More

Aaron Lopez
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The 18th-Century Jewish Merchant Prince of Rhode Island

By On January 28, 2014

At his prime in the 18th century, Aaron Lopez was the wealthiest man in Newport, Rhode Island. He didn’t get that way by taking the moral high ground. Born in 1731 to… Read More

NAtive americans the lost tribe
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Native Americans: The Lost Tribe

By On November 25, 2010

Looking at Jews and Native Americans side by side, you might think there’s no way to mix up the two cultures. Yarmulkes and eagle-feather headdresses look quite different, after all. But some early colonial Americans thought,… Read More