Jews, Church, & Civilization V

INTRODUCTION

1841 CE: WEBSTER BECOMES SECRETARY OF STATE

January: Daniel Webster of New Hampshire appointed by President Harrison (elected November 1840) to be US Secretary of State, a position he was reappointed to by President John Tyler, who succeeded Harrison (February 1841) after Harrison died of pneumonia.

Prominent statesman Webster was originally an attorney who served as legal counsel in several cases that established important constitutional precedents which bolstered the authority of the Federal government.

1842 CE: TEMPLE HAR SINAI

America’s first Reform synagogue was established in Baltimore, Maryland.

1843 CE: B’NAI B’RITH (“SONS OF THE COVENANT”)

–founded in NY

The oldest continuously–operating Jewish Service Organization is founded in NYC by Henry Jones and 11 others on October 13, 1843. Worldwide projects via B’nai Brith International include youth organizations AZA (Aleph Zadik Aleph) and BBG (B’nei Brith Girls) – and through 1990, the formidable Hillel campus operation for Jewish college students.

1843 CE: EITHER/OR

Written in Berlin; published in Copenhagen: Danish philosopher Saren Kierkegaard’s masterpiece published.

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