Nashville's Jewish community traces its beginning to 1795 with the birth of Sarah Myers, the first Jewish child born here. The first to stay and achieve prominence was Isaac Gershon (later changed to Garritsen), who in 1849 opened his home on South Summer Street for High Holy Day services and in 1851 formed the Hebrew Benevolent Burial Association, purchasing land that still serves as Nashville's Jewish cemetery. The first Jewish congregation, Mogen David, followed in 1854.
In a new pictorial history book by local author Lee Dorman, more than 200 vintage photographs celebrate the Jewish population of Nashville, which began with five families and eight young men in 1852 and has grown to about 7,500 today.
The author hopes his fellow “Nashvillians” will “enjoy reading about the people who started and enriched the Jewish community, and the things they did, of which I, and they, were not even aware.”
Highlights of Nashville's Jewish Community:
• Jewish Nashville’s religious community
• The people and families of Jewish Nashville
• Nashville’s Jewish-owned businesses
Meet the Author!
Book Signing - Saturday, April 3, 2010 at 1 p.m. Barnes & Noble, 1701 Mallory Lane, Brentwood. Please contact Robbie Bryan at 615-371-8993 for more information.
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