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Session on American Jewish history 2 D. Weinfeld Although outside the parameters outlined for your session, would you be interested in including a presentation on Myer Myers and the Spanish-Portuguese Synagogue Ledger? See abstract below. Abstract: Myer Myers (1723-1795) in the Holy Sedakah Ledger of the Spanish-Portuguese Synagogue, New York Vivian B. Mann Emerita, Jewish Theological Seminary and Jewish Museum, NY This paper focuses on reconstructing the life and career of Myer Myers, the foremost silversmith in colonial New York, and the first Jew elected to the Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths since its establishment in 1327. Aside from one handwritten note and a few newspaper notices, most of the information on Myers’ life is found in the Holy Sedakah Ledger of Shearith Israel (the Spanish-Portuguese Synagogue); its entries date from 1733 until the end of the eighteenth century. The discussion will review the biographical information on Myers in the Ledger, focusing on Shearith Israel’s commissions for two pairs of rimmonim (‘bells’ in Sephardi usage) that date between 1764 and 1774. This discussion of text will be augmented by an art historical analysis of the rimmonim. In this way, this paper will demonstrate how the conjoining of the visual and the verbal may be used to reconstruct the history of a prominent man and his creations. Vivian B. Mann
by V. Mann (Eisenberg)
Tuesday, April 24, 2018