With all due respect to the Eldridge Street Synagogue, whose magnificent stained glass window by Kiki Smith is all the talk of town, the shul gets too much attention.It is one of the oldest surviving synagogues in Manhattan, dating to 1887, but its congregation is decidedly not. Hopping from the Hamptons to the Manhattan dating world, the dog park to the red carpet, the Cardinals superfan and mama’s boy is the kind of star that fans are dying to be friends with. In this account of his escapades―personal, professional, and behind-the-scenes―Andy tells us not only what goes down, but exactly what he thinks of it.In conversation with Senator Claire Mc Caskill of Missouri.He lives in a cool apartment on the Upper West Side of Manhattan, and we took photos indoors (including with his cat!), on the street and local park, and finally, at the Mermaid Inn where he likes to hang out after work.
He sent his request asking as much to the ones who paid the bills–the Dutch East India Company, but they said, No.
Jews were not only integral to trade in the colony, and many of the Company’s board members were Jews too. At the lecture last night, there was at least one interpretative wrinkle worth noting.
The Company’s board wrote to Stuyvesant: "we observe that this would be somewhat unreasonable and unfair, especially because of the considerable loss sustained by this nation, with others, in the taking of Brazil." The Jews stayed, and not long after the Dutch lost the colony to the British, in 1664, which renamed the city to New York, the Sephardic Jews founded Congregation Shearith Israel. Sarna emphasized the deeply religious nature of these early Sephardic Jews.
When the Catholic Portuguese arrived in the 1650s, the Dutch lost control and the ghosts of the Catholic Inquisition returned: the 23 Jews living in Recife went north, arriving in the Dutch’s northernmost colony, New Amsterdam.
The year was 1654, which historians consider America’s first Jewish community.