George Washington, Abraham Lincoln and the Jews

Why these iconic US statesmen are praised with great zeal by Jews in America and beyond.

By DAVID GEFFEN
February 14, 2018 20:46
‘WASHINGTON at Valley Forge’ (c. 1911) by Edward P. Moran

‘WASHINGTON at Valley Forge’ (c. 1911) by Edward P. Moran. (photo credit: Wikimedia Commons)

President’s Day in the US, on February 19 this year, honors the first and 16th presidents. Both have birthdays this month and both contributed significantly to the status of Jews in America.

Washington’s new world: Jews are equals When the US Constitution was ratified in 1788, a large parade was held in Philadelphia. Americans of all faiths were present. Curiously, there was a table offering kosher food for the Jewish participants.

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