Alas, Mishkenot Sha’ananim has forgotten Judah Touro

In 1854, Touro – of New Orleans and Newport – made Eretz Yisrael the center of his unforgettable will.

By DAVID GEFFEN
February 14, 2018 18:19
The famous Monte ore Windmill in Yemin Moshe

The famous Monte ore Windmill in Yemin Moshe. (photo credit: Wikimedia Commons)

There is a prominent monument to Judah Touro at the Louisiana State Capitol building in Baton Rouge; the steady flow of visitors to the Touro Synagogue and its cemetery in Newport, Rhode Island, makes it one of the most notable American Jewish historical sites; and many other institutions throughout the US bear his name.

Yet Mishkenot Sha’ananim does not prominently honor Touro’s name, despite his enormous role in founding that neighborhood and expanding Jewish life beyond the Old City walls.

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